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8 a.m. ET: This is the day hockey fans have been waiting on for way too long. The NHL is back, and it’s back in a big way. The lockout is over, the accelerated training camp has finished and it’s time to get after it. Professional hockey returns to rinks everywhere on Saturday, and there may not be a better game on the docket than the one set to take place in Boston. The Bruins will open their 2013 season in a big way, welcoming the New York Rangers to town. It’s a matchup of two teams that have Stanley Cup dreams, and it could mark the first of many meetings between the two clubs, extending well into the spring. Boston will be ushering in a new era of sorts. The B’s turn the goaltending responsibilities over to Tuukka Rask. The Finnish netminder is no stranger to the starting role, though. Rask started 39 games during the 2009-10 season, going 22-12-5 with a very nice 1.97 goals against average and an impressive .931 save percentage. He’s got big shoes to fill, though, with Tim Tho...

Tuukka Rask Has Bruins’ Highest Career Save Percentage

Hopes are high for the Boston Bruins this season and the team’s goalie should be one of the biggest reasons. Tuukka Rask holds a distinct honor in Bruins’ history. Rask has played 103 total games with Boston, and he’s the franchise’s leader in save percentage. Rask has a save percentage of .926, which is .005 better than Tim Thomas, who’s No. 2 on the list. Rask has received...

Will Tuukka Rask’s Play Be the Biggest Key to the Bruins’ Season?

The Bruins are finally a few hours away from puck drop, and the questions surrounding this team will finally begin to be answered. With the new year comes new expectations, and for this team, those expectations are high. Two years removed from raising the Stanley Cup, and one year since a first-round playoff exit, the B’s are looking to get back on track — and quickly, considering...

Tuukka Rask Comes Up Big, Leading Bruins Out of ‘Starting Blocks’ on Right Foot (Video)

Some high expectations are being placed on the Bruins this season, and Tuukka Rask will have to shoulder much of that load. Such is the plight of a starting goaltender after all, especially one taking over for Tim Thomas. Despite that pressure, Rask looked perfectly comfortable between the pipes as the No. 1 goalie on Saturday, leading the B’s to a 3-1 victory in the first game...

‘Big Daddy’ Milan Lucic Scores First Goal of Bruins Season, But Jack Edwards Wins Twitter on Opening Night (Video)

Boston loves its hockey, and the fans made that known on Saturday night during the Bruins’ opening game against the Rangers. The buzz around the game was evident from start to finish, and it even spilled over to the realm of social media. There, familiar friends Jack Edwards and Rene Rancourt caught nationwide attention, while Milan Lucic‘s opening salvo to the season couldn’t...

Henrik Lundqvist Proves Capable at Translating Muppets’ Swedish Chef (Video)

Henrik Lundqvist is pretty great at stopping shots (minus that whole season-opener thing with the Bruins). But his far-reaching talents don’t stop there. When it comes to translating Swedish — especially the obscure dialect spoken only by The Muppets’ Swedish Chef — Lundqvist is the man. He gave a hand in the lunch line over at ESPN the other day for a SportsCenter commercial...

Bruins, Rangers Showing Few Signs of Rust During Frantic First Period That Lived Up to Hype (Video)

How long was the lockout again? And the Bruins had how little of a training camp? Those might be tough questions to answer after watching the B’s battle the Rangers on Saturday night, after a wild first period ended with Boston on top 1-0. Milan Lucic, who some hinted might not quite be at his playing weight quite yet, answered those critics by scoring the first goal of the year...

Henrick Lundqvist Understands The Muppets’ Swedish Chef – ‘This Is SportsCenter’

As with every single one of their “This Is SportsCenter” commercials, you will finish watching ESPN’s latest ad and crack a smile. The premise is incredible hard to understand but the YouTube description breaks it down thankfully. “SportsCenter cafeteria has a new chef and Henrik Lundqvist is the only person that can understand him.” See, that wasn’t too difficult...

Boston Bruins claim #1 spot on early power rankings has released their super 16 preseason rankings list and the Bruins sit atop. The Bruins, Penguins and Rangers of the Eastern Conference took the first, second and third spots. The B's were the only team to represent the Northeast Division. See how the rest of the league stacked up here:  NHL's initial super 16 power Rankings  Follow me on twitter -@Rivetts5 GO BRUINS!

Swedish Chef & Henrik Lundqvist

In an astounding turn of events in which ESPN acknowledged the existence of hockey, their new SportsCenter TV ad features Sesame Street’s Swedish Chef and the only person who can understand him: New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. And this concludes NHL coverage on ESPN for this year. See you at the next lockout.

The Goal Breakdown: Rangers at Bruins

If you want one word to sum up the New York Rangers tonight feel free to use sloppy. The Rangers were defeated 3-1 by the Boston Bruins and were second best in almost every facet. Throughout the season the goals in each game (as well as a brief game summary) will be broken down right here so keep on coming back. Let’s get in to it. Boston 1 Rangers 0 The Rangers got caught on a...

Aly Raisman, Family Hang Out in Bruins Locker Room After B’s Win Over Rangers (Photo)

BOSTON — There was a meeting of champions in the Bruins’ dressing room following their 3-1 win over the Rangers on opening night. Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman and her family were in the B’s room after the game, taking in the scene and in Raisman’s case, taking in some congratulatory remarks. Bruins players one by one stopped by to introduce themselves to the Needham...

Quiet On the Offensive Front

With a somewhat revamped offense and Rick Nash in the lineup, the New York Rangers' offense was quiet in their season opening 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. Obviously, it was the first game and players still have to get used to each other, but nevertheless, the Blueshirts did not generate enough offensive pressure. While the Bruins' defensemen are big and do a good job...

Eklund: Wade Redden Signs With the Blues

Really smart pickup by Armstrong and Hitchcock....more to come.

Bruins 3, Rangers 1

The New York Rangers (0-1-0) lost to the Boston Bruins (1-0-0) by the score of 3-1, tonight. For a box score, visit Yahoo! Sports. ...first off, man it was amazing to be watching hockey again. Felt like a huge void was being filled. ...unfortunately, the Rangers play had many of us wishing the lockout was still going on. Having said that, it's the first game and as Adam...

Ranking the top 20 NHL goaltenders

1) Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers: Last season he had the fourth-best goals-against average (1.97) and save percentage (.930), along with the third-most wins (39). His GAA has dropped each year, from 2.43, to 2.38, to 2.28, to 1.97. His save percentage has improved during that span from .916, to .921, to .923, to .930.2) Jonathan Quick, Kings: His GAA went from 2.54 to 2.24 to 1.95 during...
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