The positive news Monday morning was the Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara took a light skate at TD Garden prior to Boston’s morning skate in preparation for an evening game with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bruins president Cam Neely said that defenseman Zdeno Chara is moving in the right direction in terms of making it back from a tear in his left knee.
WILMINGTON — It doesn’t sound like the Bruins, who lost their past two games by a combined score of 11-2, will be rescued by their captain anytime soon.
WILMINGTON, Mass — In case you spent your summer wondering why Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara only attempted 10 shots on net in the seven-game Eastern Conference Second Round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston captain Monday confirmed what we all figured about his hand.
Chara played through a broken pinky and ring finger throughout the series after getting slashed. As he said, the pinky is “90 percent of your grip” and if you think that’s crazy, just try to pick up something without using your pinky.
In his defense, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle was giving the Bruins and coach Claude Julien credit for their ability to get the Zdeno Chara-Phil Kessel matchup on the road almost as well as they do it at home.
But in telling the media Sunday that he thinks Chara might play close to 35 minutes for the Bruins in Game 3 Monday at Air Canada Centre, Carlyle showed he’s not much of a student of recent Bruins history.
Any worries that the length of the 2011 Stanley Cup championship run and the massive amount of minutes Zdeno Chara logged during the title drive would render the star defenseman any less effective in the season after were rubbed out with more force than Chara nailing a puck-pursuing forward in the corner.
It surely isn’t making him feel any better today after the Bruins lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to Washington last night, but today Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara was revealed as one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.
The members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association cast their ballots at the conclusion of the regular season. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas June 20.
Although the Bruins finally got two goals from forwards who do not skate on their third line, it was a shot from their defense that was the difference tonight.
Zdeno Chara capped a three-point night with a 4-on-4 goal from the right point off Roman Hamrlik’s stick that was the game-winner with 1:53 left in regulation in a 4-3 win against Washington in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Fans in Ottawa might be disappointed they’ll have to wait another week to see some of the Bruins’ biggest stars.
BOSTON – Zdeno Chara skated in his 1,000th NHL game Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Before Tuesday night’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins and the NHL lavished the Boston captain with gifts to commemorate that accomplishment. After the ceremony, Chara went out and thanked the Bruins the best way he knows how.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — After taking Monday off to bask in the glory of their Sunday win over Washington, the Bruins practiced today at Ristuccia Arena.
Zdeno Chara was the only player missing from the festivities.
BOSTON — After the Bruins held an optional morning skate this morning at the TD Garden in preparation for their game with Montreal tonight, it was learned two of the Bruins’ best players will be headed to the All-Star Game in Ottawa along with goaltender Tim Thomas.
The NHL announced that defenseman Zdeno Chara and forward Tyler Seguin would be among the 36 All-Stars available in the player draft prior to the midseason classic. Previously, Thomas was voted as a starter for the game by the fans.
Sometime early in the Bruins game in Philadelphia today, the on-ice conversation probably went something like this:
Jody Shelley: “Hey, Zdeno, how are you feeling now that you’re back from a two-game absence?”
Zdeno Chara: “Let me show you.”
The Bruins’ fortunate injury situation marches on, while one of their closest competitors is dealing with replacing one of its biggest stars due to a health issue.
The Philadelphia Flyers, who host the Bruins in the battle of the top two teams in Eastern Conference Saturday, learned Thursday night that star defenseman and captain Chris Pronger will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs due to severe post-concussion syndrome.