TAMPA — These are the type of nights that the Boston Bruins should take the video of their game and make sure every Norris Trophy voter gets a glance at just how Zdeno Chara gives the Bruins their $7.5 million worth.
Already in Florida without two of their top six defenseman (Andrew Ference, Aaron Ward), minutes before their showdown with the Tampa Bay Lightning the Bruins found out that Dennis Wideman wouldn’t be able to go because of a tweaked muscle.
That left the club with three young defenseman who walked through the doors of the St. Pete Times Forum with a combined 59 games of NHL experience. But it didn’t matter. The Bruins again flaunted their organizational depth, and Chara again showed why he’s one of the best in the business, in a 3-1 win. (more…)