BOSTON — Have you ever seen a guy score a goal when his stick gets knocked from his hands?
Before tonight, Chuck Kobasew was among those who would’ve answered that question in the negative. But his tally that put the Bruins ahead, 3-0, with 6:25 left in the second period of their 3-1 win over Tampa Bay at TD Banknorth Garden involved a bit of magic with his stick.
With the Bruins on a power play, Zdeno Chara released one of his patented rockets from the point. And let’s let Kobasew describe the rest.
“I was just going to the net trying to get a piece of it. Z got it pretty good; he blew the stick right out of my hands. I think it ping-ponged in after that. I didn’t see it. But it wasn’t pretty,” said the winger, who has now reached 20 goals in a season for the third time in his NHL career.
Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet wasn’t all that impressed.
“I’ve seen it all. We could do a David Letterman top 10,” he said. “That might be No. 5. That’s not even top five.”
Chara gave credit Kobasew for the recovery on the play and Kobasew joked that he has to work on his wrist strength. But when Chara was asked by another reporter if that was the first time he knocked a player’s stick out of his hands with a shot, he declared “No.”