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Tuukka Rask of Bruins continues to get the job done
He never dug really deep into his plumber’s toolkit, in part because Tuukka Rask already was a very good goalie and dreaming of an NHL career in his teenage years. But because he figured a day could come when bricking up the front of a 24-square-foot hockey net might not provide a living, Rask spent a small part of his high school years in Finland studying and training to be a plumber.

“I can’t say I was very good at it,’’ Rask recalled late last summer, when all NHLers were considering alternative employment prior to the lockout beginning Sept. 15. “But, yeah, it was something I tried . . . enough to know it’s hard work. Probably good for me that hockey worked out OK.’’

Rask, now the No. 1 stopper for the Bruins, on Saturday night turned back all of Toronto’s 21 shots and registered a 1-0 shutout, the 12th of his career.


Bruins earn day of rest, recovery
The Bruins flew directly home after their 1-0 win Saturday night in Toronto and were given Sunday off to get some rest and otherwise enjoy Super Bowl Sunday.

Look for medical updates after Monday's 10:30 a.m. practice in Wilmington,


Defense fuels return to fine form .
“It was a good, tight game,” Bruins center Gregory Campbell said. “Those conditions are conditions that we’re good in.

“Those 1-0 games seem to happen quite often these days. Winning those is something we take a lot of pride in. We’re working hard offensively; the chances will come and the goals will come. But more importantly what we have to take from this game is that we were pretty solid defensively.”


No Orr-dinary rookie .
This got me to wondering: What does Bobby Orr himself think about all this?

The good news is that Orr, who has followed Hamilton since his first year in junior hockey, loves what he’s seen.

“He plays like a man,” Orr told me. “That’s the best way to put it. The extra time in juniors really paid off for him. He’s a man now.”

But Orr also has a warning for anyone who wants to put Dougie Hamilton in the Hall of Fame after a handful of games: Lay off.

“This is what we do, and we shouldn’t do it with any player,” Orr said of the instant glorification of the rookie. “Leave Dougie Hamilton alone. Dougie Hamilton is going to be a very good player in our league for a long time. Leave the kid alone. He’s Dougie Hamilton. That’s all people should worry about.”


Boston Bruins Bench: Who Should Be Team's 12th Forward?
The Bruins' top two lines—Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton on one and Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin on the other—have been playing well this year. So has the energy line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton, which can usually be trusted to play intelligent, physical hockey for nine to 10 minutes per game.

But the third line of Bourque, Chris Kelly, and Rich Peverley struggled in the season's first six games. They didn't make the scoresheet until Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, and that was with Bourque scratched in favor of Lane MacDermid and Paille playing on the third line.

It certainly wasn't the start that Bourque or the Bruins were hoping for as they attempted to solidify the third line, because many of the other options are further downgrades.


NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Coyotes, Flyers and Avalanche
The lockout-shortened 2013 NHL regular season is flying by, and teams are starting to see the glaring weaknesses that will likely keep their teams from reaching postseason glory.

That’s where the talks of trade rumors come in and take over the NHL community.

Not only are the rumors about trades heating up, the chaos surrounding the possible sale of the Phoenix Coyotes organization could have the future of hockey in Arizona very much in question.



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