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Bruins’ Chara joins Keith, Weber as Norris finalists

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates after scoring the go-ahead goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara (33) celebrates after scoring the go-ahead goal in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Boston, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. The Bruins won 3-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston’s Zdeno Chara, Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Nashville’s Shea Weber are finalists for the Norris Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s best defenseman.

Chara won the award in 2009 and is a finalist for the sixth time. The Bruins captain had 17 goals and a plus-25 rating this past season.

Keith finished first among defensemen in assists with 55 and second in points with 61. He won the Norris in 2010, the only other time he was a finalist.

Weber had 33 assists and led all blue-liners with 23 goals. The captain of the Predators was a finalist in 2011 and 2012 but has never won the award before.

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