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The Boston Bruins stick up for their goalies. The hardworking and harder-hitting team is built upon the foundation of a strong defensive game, and as a result, Tuukka Rask will not face nearly as many deadly chances as most NHL goalies.
The Bruins' veteran defensive corps, led by former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara, does a superb job of staying disciplined and barricading the slot. They force shooters to the perimeter and limit good chances at every opportunity.
Rask will also enjoy determined back-checking and one of the league's best penalty kills courtesy of Frank J. Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron and company. Through their first six games of 2013, the Bruins killed a league-best 96.4 percent of penalties, allowing just one goal on 24 opportunities.
Evidenced by their 2011-12 domination of the league leaders list in the plus-minus category, the Bruins take care of their goaltenders as well as any team in the league, and that should help keep scoring chances down and win totals up with Rask between the pipes.
The boys in black and gold could make most goaltenders look good, meaning someone with Tuukka Rask's talent should look like an All-Star.