WILMINGTON — In case you haven’t noticed, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been struggling since he returned from a tear in his knee after seven weeks.
The Bruins on Tuesday at TD Garden held their first practice since returning home from the Western Conference road trip on Sunday.
For the first time since they left the lineup, defenseman Zdeno Chara and David Krejci joined the group.
Although the Bruins don’t leave for California until Sunday and there are question marks about which injured players will be traveling with the team and maybe some call-ups from Providence of the American Hockey League, coach Claude Julien confirmed on Friday that injured defenseman Zdeno Chara will not make the trip.
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.