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BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask turned an outstanding first season as the Boston Bruins No. Custom Athletics Jersey China . 1 goalie into a long-term commitment on Wednesday by signing an eight-year contract to stay with the Eastern Conference champions. There was little doubt that the restricted free agent would be back, especially after the Bruins cleared about $4.75 million in space under the salary cap when they sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in a seven-player deal last Thursday. The Bruins said the annual salary cap charge on Rasks contract is $7 million. Boston lost the Stanley Cup finals in six games to Chicago, dropping the finale 3-2 on June 24 when the Blackhawks came from behind and scored two goals in the last 1:16. Two days later, general manager Peter Chiarelli said, "I feel confident that we will get a deal done on Rask in short order." That same day, Rask said he would like to play with the Bruins "forever," and the one-year contract he played under last season motivated him. "You always try to be good but then you are trying to get your average game level as high as you can," he said, "that the gap between a good game and a bad game wouldnt be so big. I think I managed to do that this year, and it motivates me for the next year to keep that level and keep getting better." Rask was the backup goalie in the 2011 post-season when Tim Thomas won the Conn Smythe Trophy that goes to the playoff MVP as Boston won its first Stanley Cup title since 1972. The following season, Thomas played 59 games with a 2.36 goals-against average. Rask made 23 appearances and had a 2.05 average. Thomas then decided to sit out the last season of his four-year, $20 million contract. The Bruins suspended him on Jan. 13 for failing to report and traded him on Feb. 7 to the New York Islanders. Thomas, now 39, didnt play last season. Rask, 26, was a worthy successor. He was 19-10-5 with a 2.00 GAA in the regular season and then went 14-8 in the post-season with three shutouts and a 1.88 GAA. The goalie from Finland was drafted in the first round in 2005 by the Toronto Maple Leafs and was traded in June 2006 for goalie Andrew Raycroft. The most games Rask has played in a season is 45 in the 2009-10 campaign when Thomas, who played 43 games that season, missed time because of a hip injury that required off-season surgery. Now Rask has developed into one of the NHLs top netminders. Asked after the season how much he had proven, Rask said, "I dont think I have to answer those questions anymore. I played good, proved (to) everyone again that I was capable of doing it. I mean, you look at the numbers. Theyre good. If I just analyze my game and by how I felt throughout the year, I thought it was a great year." Rasks best playoff series came in Bostons four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals. He allowed just two goals and made 123 saves against the NHLs highest-scoring, regular-season team. In the finals, he made 50 saves in the opener, but Chicago won 4-3 in three overtimes. Rask allowed one goal in the next two games as Boston won 2-1 and 2-0. But the Blackhawks won the remaining three games. The next big signing for the Bruins should be centre Patrice Bergeron. His three-year contract runs through next season. Bergeron tied for the team lead with nine playoff goals and had 15 points. He led the NHL in winning faceoffs, and he won the Selke Trophy as the leagues top defensive forward the previous season. He also played Game 6 against Chicago with a broken rib and separated shoulder, then was hospitalized afterward with a punctured lung. He has said he is "very confident" he will get an extension. Rasks signing came after the Bruins lost three unrestricted free agents. Right wing Nathan Horton signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, 13-year veteran defenceman Andrew Ference went to the Edmonton Oilers, and backup goalie Anton Khudobin joined the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins werent interested in retaining Ference, and they let right wing Jaromir Jagr become a free agent. They did add right wings for their top two lines -- Jarome Iginla from Pittsburgh and Loui Eriksson from Dallas. Boston wasnt interested in signing free agent defencemen after rookies Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski emerged last season. Custom Athletics Jerseys . Neymar curled home a free kick from just outside the area to put the 2014 World Cup host ahead in the 44th minute. Three minutes after the break, a simple through pass from Paulinho freed Oscar and the Chelsea star rounded goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong to extend Brazils lead. Tony Phillips Jersey Large . However, he did make them miss him a little less. Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing Dawson last season, agreed Thursday to a one-year, $1. http://www.customathleticsjersey.com/ . -- Ryan Getzlaf grabbed the three pucks wrapped in tape and held them up to his chest in the Anaheim Ducks dressing room for a celebration nine seasons in the making. DURHAM, N.C. -- Grayson Allen scored 16 points and No. 1 Duke opened its season by routing Marist 94-49 on Friday night.Freshman Frank Jackson had 18 points in his debut with the Blue Devils while Luke Kennard added 16 points.Duke shot 44 percent and had an easy time against the Red Foxes despite playing without three big men from a freshman class widely considered the nations best.Chase Jeter finished with 11 points in his first career start and Matt Jones also had 11 for Duke, which pushed its lead into double figures for good before Marist managed its first defensive stop.Khallid Hart had 13 points to lead Marist, which was just 3 of 25 from 3-point range.---No. 2 KENTUCKY 87, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 64LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Isaiah Briscoe scored 17 points and Derek Willis added 15 in Kentuckys season-opener.Briscoe and Willis combined to make 11 of 18 from the field while their experience offset the newcomers early shooting troubles. Seven-foot sophomore Isaac Humphries had nine and eight rebounds) filled a big inside void with 6-10 freshman Bam Adebayo (five points) hampered by foul trouble.Isaiah Traylor scored 15 points and Leon Gilmore III had 12 for Stephen F. Austin, which lost the debut of coach Kyle Keller.---No. 4 VILLANOVA 88, LAFAYETTE 48VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Jalen Brunson scored 17 points and Kris Jenkins had 16 as Villanova opened defense of its national championship.Jenkins opened his season the same way he ended the last one -- with a 3-pointer. Jenkins hit a buzzer-beating 3 in the title game to lift the Wildcats to a 77-74 win over North Carolina. With a national championship banner hanging in the rafters, Jenkins scored Villanovas first basket of the season on a 3-pointer.Jenkins scored 13 points in the first half and the Wildcats stormed to a 49-17 lead.Nick Lindner led the Leopards with 10 points.---No. 6 NORTH CAROLINA 95, TULANE 75NEW ORLEANS -- Justin Jackson scored a career-high 27 points and No. 6 North Carolina never trailed.Joel Berry II had a career-high 23 points, Isaiah Hicks scored 16, and Kennedy Meeks grabbed 15 rebounds -- including seven on the offensive end -- for the Tar Heels, who led by as many as 21 points.The game marked the college coaching debut for former NBA player and coach Mike Dunleavy.Cameron Reynolds scored a career-high 21 points for Tulane, hitting five of six from 3-point range.---No. 7 XAVIER 84, LEHIGH 81CINCINNATI -- Trevon Bluiett scored a career-high 25 points and led a second-half surge for Xavier.Edmond Sumner set a career high with 24 points as Xavier -- playing with the highest preseason ranking in school history -- rallied after letting a double-digit lead slip away. Lehigh got the ball back with 17.7 seconds left on Sumners offensive foul and missed two 3-point shots.Tim Kempton, the Patriot Leagues two-time player of the year, scored 25 points for the Mountain Hawks.---No. 8 VIRGINIA 76, UNC GREENSBORO 51GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Marial Shayok scored 15 points and Virginia used a 22-0 run to take control.Darius Thompson added 12 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 52 percent from the field and made 8 of 16 3-point attempts. Meanwhile the defense -- the bedrock of Tony Bennetts program -- held the Spartans scoreless for more than 11 minutes spanning halftime as the game turned into a methodical rout.Francis Alonso scored 14 points for UNCG.---No. 9 WISCONSIN 79, CENT. ARKANSAS 47MADISON, Wis. -- Bronson Koenig had 16 points and Nigel Hayes scored 10 of his 14 in the second half for Wisconsin.The Badgers were never seriously threatened after building a 20-point lead with 15:46 left following an 8-0 run. Hayes did all the scoring with two 3s and a layup.Central Arkansas shot 28 percent (15 of 52) from the field and was led by Derreck Brooks 12 points and eight rebounds.---No. 10 ARIZONA 65, No. 12 MICHIGAN ST. 63HONOLULU -- Kadeem Allen took the ball the length of the court and scored with 1.3 seconds left for Arizona in the Armed Forces Classic.Kobi Simmons led the Wildcats with 18 points while Lauri Markkanen scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds. Allen finished with 10 points.The Wildcats won despite playing without guard Allonzo Trier, who is out for unspecified reasons. Trier was Arizonas third-leading scorer last season at 14.8 points per game.Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges wowed the crowd with some impressive dunks and he finished with 21 points and seven rebounds.---No. 13 LOUISVILLE 78, EVANSVILLE 47LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jaylen Johnson had 17 points and 14 rebounds while Donovan Mitchell added 15 points and five rebounds to lead Louisville.Mangok Mathiang added 11 points and eight rebounds as the Cardinals played 14 players with 10 scoring. The Cardinals stared slow but got rolling late in the first half, holding the PPurple Aces without a field goal over the last 9:05 of the half to take a 43-27 halftime lead. Wholesale Custom Athletics Shirts. Senior Jaylon Brown led the Aces with 19 points.---No. 14 GONZAGA 92, UTAH VALLEY 69SPOKANE, Wash. -- Silas Melson scored 17 points and Jordan Mathews had 16 for Gonzaga.Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 points for Gonzaga.Conner Toolson scored 19 points and Kenneth Ogbe added 13 for Utah Valley.Gonzaga outshot the Wolverines 52 percent to 36 percent and dominated the rebounding 52-30.---No. 15 PURDUE 109, McNEESE ST. 65WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Caleb Swanigan had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Vince Edwards added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Purdue.The Cowboys led 19-14 with 10:16 remaining in the first half when Swanigan and Edwards fueled a 22-3 run that turned a five-point deficit into a 36-22 lead.Seven-foot-2 center Isaac Haas finished with 22 points and six rebounds for Purdue.Richard Laku scored 16 points for McNeese State.---No. 16 UCLA 119, PACIFIC 80LOS ANGELES -- Bryce Alford scored 30 points and led a 3-point barrage with six of the Bruins school-record 18.Four starters scored in double figures for UCLA, including highly touted freshmen Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf. Ball finished with 19 points and 11 assists, while Leaf had 22 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in their college debuts.Aaron Holiday added 18 poi
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