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Tuukka Rask finishes third in overall Conn Smythe voting despite Bruins' series loss

Tuukka Rask finishes third in overall Conn Smythe voting despite Bruins' series loss

The Boston Bruins were ultimately unable to win the 2019 Stanley Cup, as they fell to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Final. However, the series loss didn't overshadow one of the biggest Bruins storylines of the postseason. And that was the performance of goaltender, Tuukka Rask.

Rask put together one of the best postseason runs in Bruins history. He notched a 15-9 record, had a 2.02 goals against average, and a .934 save percentage while also logging two shutouts. While the team didn't win the Cup, Rask still was recognized for his excellent overall performance in the Conn Smythe voting.

The Professional Hockey Writers Association released a breakdown of the Conn Smythe voting following the Blues' Game 7 win. Rask finished third in the voting, and ended up with 21 points, trailing just the first-place finisher, Ryan O'Reilly (78 points), and second-place finisher, Jordan Binnington (46 points).

Rask didn't get a first-place nod on any ballot, but he did receive four second-place votes and nine third-place votes for his performance during the final. Only five ballots left him off entirely. That's an impressive mark, especially since a player on the losing team hasn't won the Conn Smythe since 2003 (Jean-Sebastien Gigure, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim).

The respect that Rask got during the Conn Smythe voting just speaks to the success he had during the Bruins' postseason run. He was a big key for the squad and really helped them to compete for the Cup.

Unfortunately, the Bruins just weren't able to bring it home.

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Zdeno Chara takes red carpet with Tom Brady at TB12 opening in Boston

Zdeno Chara takes red carpet with Tom Brady at TB12 opening in Boston

Zdeno Chara and Tom Brady are two 42-year-old Boston legends, and it's always great to see the duo hanging out together. 

The Boston Bruins captain joined the New England Patriots quarterback for his grand opening of The TB12 Performance and Recovery Center in Boston on Tuesday night. 

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Much like Brady, Chara has a very strict diet and fitness regimen, so it's no surprise to see the B's captain supporting the opening of Brady's new facility.

Chara has been a staple in the Boston lineup since he joined the team in 2006-07, and has since led the team to a Stanley Cup title in 2011 and multiple Cup Finals appearances. Brady has won six Super Bowls while also leading his team to multiple championship games. The pair will be etched into Boston sports history forever for their very long, successful careers. 

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Don Sweeney says Brandon Carlo is 'really important' to Bruins' success

Don Sweeney says Brandon Carlo is 'really important' to Bruins' success

Brandon Carlo is a huge part of the Boston Bruins' success, and general manager Don Sweeney couldn't express that enough Tuesday.

Carlo signed a two-year contract with the Bruins on Tuesday morning worth $2.85 million per season and Sweeney said he couldn't have been happier. 

"It's a really, really important day for us. [Brandon is a] big, big part of our club," said Sweeney according to BostonBruins.com's Eric Russo. "As I referenced with Charlie the other day, really important [pieces] of what we accomplished last year, what we hope to accomplish this year, and many, many years going forward."

He added: "Brandon is going to be a part of the Boston Bruins and I indicated that while we were going through negotiations, to him and to everybody else. I'm very excited to have him back in the fold."

At just 22, Carlo is maturing into one of the best young defensive-defensemen in the NHL, and naturally, Sweeney recognizes that. 

"I said this to Brandon this morning - from a leadership standpoint, he's able to now feel comfortable in his own skin to take the next young player and realize this is how we do things," said Sweeney. "And I think he wants that. So, for me, I don't think you can put a ceiling on what he's capable of doing."

Carlo has managed to flourish paired alongside Torey Krug and develop specific skills in order to benefit the Bruins.

"But he also has to live to his own ideals of what he does really well," Sweeney said. "And obviously, shutting down and taking responsibility to end games, to close out games, to protect teammates, to block shots, to do the things that other players might not be willing to do, he does really well."

Carlo will have a lot more responsibility on his shoulders come the start of the regular season, but he should be able to handle it just fine as he's improved each season since joining Boston in 2016.

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