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In Honor of Tuukka Rask’s Shutout, The Best 3 Goalie Masks Of 2013

Last night the Bruins were able to cruise to a 2-1 series lead (without overtime, imagine that!), and did so on the back of a Tuukka Rask gem that made even the most wicked of Beantowners say, “Who’s Tim Thomas?” In celebration of this, along with the drinking of Sam Adams and eating of chowdah, we're handing out honors for the best masks of this short but fierce season.

3. Pekke Rinne

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Nashville’s man between the pipes went full horror show on his mask this season, with a non-specific predator voodoo doll, complete with pins and glowing red eyes. At 6’5", this two-time Vezina finalist doesn’t need much more to make him intimidating, but this mask does the job.


2. Al Montoya

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The rebuilt Winnipeg Jets backup goalie might be behind Ondrej Pavelec, but he has a starter-caliber mask. “Big Cubano,” as Montoya is affectionately known, embraced his team's names, sporting a mask styled as the nose of a fighter jet, complete with exhaust pipes and smoking bullet holes. If this and his Islanders mask are any indication, Montoya will be first on the depth chart in no time.

1. Tuukka Rask

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Of course, Rask had a stellar outing last night, but that’s not clouding our decision at all – the mask features a literal Bruin (that’s a brown bear, if you aren’t a Quaker) with glowing red eyes, bearing his teeth at the thought of Marian Hossa being healthy in Game 4. The real question is still, is the mask worthy of Lord Stanley?


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