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Zdeno Chara says he has "no plans" to retire; wants to win second Cup with B's

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Zdeno Chara says he has "no plans" to retire; wants to win second Cup with B's

Bruins' big man Zdeno Chara, who turned 42 years old yesterday, says he has no plans to retire.

"I want to continue to play. I believe that I have a lot left and I have a lot of passion for the game. I love competing. I love doing all these things, coming to the rink, talking to the guys, doing the routine, working out in the summer, going through that grind," the towering 6'9" Slovakian defenseman said in an interview in early March that was published today.

Chara apparently also reached out to former NHL players Nicklas Lidstrom and former teammates Mark Recchi and Jaromir Jagr, all of whom have experience playing at a late age. Jagr still currently plays professional hockey, but in the Czech Republic Hockey League.

According to NHL.com, "Lidstrom bowed out when he was 42, at the end of the 2011-12 season after 20 years and 1,564 games in the NHL. Recchi left when he was 43, after winning the Stanley Cup at the end of the 2010-11 season with 1,652 games under his belt."

Chara played in his 1,400th NHL game in February. 

The 6'9" defenseman engages in some intense offseason training to stay in playing shape at his age, which might rival that of TB12.

Regardless, it doesn't sound like Chara sees an end in sight, and is even still willing to drop the gloves when necessary, as the Bruins prepare for the playoffs, which are only a couple of weeks away.

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Just one goalie stands between Tuukka Rask and this Bruins playoff record

Just one goalie stands between Tuukka Rask and this Bruins playoff record

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask withstood a furious Toronto Maple Leafs comeback attempt Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena as the Boston Bruins held on for a 6-4 win in Game 4 of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

Rask made 38 saves on 42 shots overall to help the Bruins even the series at two wins apiece entering Friday night's pivotal Game 5 at TD Garden.

The victory was the 37th in Rask's postseason career, moving him ahead of Andy Moog for second place among goalies in Bruins history.

Gerry Cheevers holds the Bruins record with 53 playoff victories. Rask could get as high as 51 wins if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup and he starts each game. 

Here's the top five as of Thursday:

Gerry Cheevers - 53
Tuukka Rask - 37
Andy Moog - 36
Frank Brimsek - 32
Tim Thomas - 29

Rask has posted a solid .921 save percentage through four games versus the Leafs. Toronto tallied 47 scoring chances and 14 high-danger scoring chances in Game 4, per Natural Stat Trick, but Rask stood tall in net to help Boston avoid a 3-1 series deficit. 

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Charlie McAvoy's Game 4 goal was a historic one for Boston University

Charlie McAvoy's Game 4 goal was a historic one for Boston University

The Bruins earned a big win on Wednesday night vs. the Maple Leafs. It also happened to be a big win for Boston University.

BU alum Charlie McAvoy got the B's on the board early in the first period of Game 4. Charlie Coyle and Matt Grzelcyk, also BU alums, assisted on McAvoy's goal.

Obviously, it was a pretty cool moment for Boston University hockey. Making it even cooler? It's the first time in NHL history a goal by a BU alum was assisted on by two former Terriers.

Considering the amount of NHL talent that regularly comes out of Boston University, that's a crazy stat.

McAvoy, Coyle, and Grzelcyk will look to continue making BU proud when the B's face the Leafs in Game 5 on Friday night.

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