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Monday, April 14, 2014
Chiarelli talks up Chara, Bergy, Rask

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli praised the accomplishments of defenseman Zdeno Chara, forward Patrice Bergeron and goaltender Tuukka Rask, saying all three deserve to win the league’s regular-season awards.

Chara (Norris Trophy), Bergeron (Selke and Hart) and Rask (Vezina) are all expected to be nominated for the respective awards. Bruins coach Claude Julien will likely be a finalist for the Jack Adams Award, too.

Chara, who is considered the best shutdown defenseman in the NHL, finished this season with 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points in 77 games. He was also a plus-25. Chara, who represented Slovakia at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, averaged his usual 25 minutes per game for the Bruins.

Bergeron produced the best overall season of his career. He was again one of the best two-way players in the league and finished with 30 goals and 32 assists for 62 points, including a plus-38 rating. After helping Team Canada to a gold medal in Sochi, Bergeron returned from the Olympics and played his best hockey of the season down the stretch.

Rask played a career-high 58 games this season and posted a 36-15-6 record, with a 2.04 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. He also had a league-leading seven shutouts.

Chiarelli spoke about Chara, Bergeron and Rask during his Monday morning press conference.