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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 18:30

Tuukka Rask, Brad Marchand Named to NHL All-Star Game

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Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask were named to the 2017 NHL All-Star Team on Tuesday.

It is the first All-Star Game nomination for both players, as their quality seasons have led the B’s (21-17-5) to a second-place standing in the Atlantic Division.

Rask has been absolutely outstanding in net for Boston, picking up 20 of the team’s 21 victories this year while posting career numbers in every statistical category.  Rask (20-9-3) is tied for third in wins behind fellow All-Stars Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets (26 wins) and Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild (21 wins), and is third in the league with a 1.93 GAA.  His five shutouts are tied for the league lead with Dubnyk and Washington’s Braden Holtby, and his .928 save percentage is tied for fifth with fellow Atlantic Division All-Star Carey Price.

Rask was stupendous to start the season, posting a 10-1-0 record through his first 11 starts, in which he allowed just 17 goals total (which included five goals surrendered during his only loss on November 5th to the Rangers). 

Marchand leads the Bruins in points scored this season with 35, and is tied with Torey Krug for the team lead in assists with 22.  Marchand began the season on a tear, posting a five-point game (two goals, three assists) in a 6-3 win over Columbus on Opening Night, and tallied three goals and six assists during his first four contests in 2016-17.  He also has four goals and four assists in his last nine games, including a two-goal performance last Saturday at Florida.

Marchand is currently in the top 30 in the NHL in assists and in the top 20 in points, and is one of six Bruins’ players that have suited up for every game this season (David Krejci, Torey Krug, Dominic Moore, Riley Nash, and Brandon Carlo).  He is coming off a career season last year, where he posted highs in goals scored (37 – 6th in the NHL) and points (61). 

The two Bruins’ representatives will be joined  on the Atlantic Division team by forwards Nikita Kucherov (TB), Auston Matthews (TOR), Frans Nielsen (DET), Kyle Okposo (BUF), and Vincent Trocheck (FLA); defensemen Victor Hedman (TB), Erik Karlsson (OTT), and Shea Weber (MTL); and goaltender Carey Price (MTL). 

The rest of the rosters can be found HERE.

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Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.