BOSTON (CBS) –  It’s going to be “Tuukka Time” for a long time in Boston.

The Bruins locked up goaltender Tuukka Rask to an-eight year contract on Wednesday. Rask’s salary is worth an annual cap hit of $7 million.

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Rask proved he was up to the challenge of being a number-one goalie last season, going 19-10 with a 2.00 Goals Against Average in the lockout shortened regular season. He took his game to the next level in the playoffs — going 14-8 with a 1.88 GAA and .940 save percentage. He also had three shutouts in the playoffs — two in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins and in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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One of Rask’s more impressive games of the playoffs came in a Bruins loss, when he made 59 saves in Boston’s 4-3, triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Cup Final. It was his second 50+ save performance of the postseason, also stopping 53 shots in Boston’s 2-1, double overtime win over the Penguins in Game 3 of the East Finals.

Rask, just 26, is a career 66-45 with a 2.15 GAA and .927 save percentage in the regular season, and 21-14 with a 2.14 GAA and .930 save percentage in the playoffs.

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Rask was drafted 21st overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who traded his rights to Boston in June 2006 for goaltender Andrew Raycroft.