When asked if there’s one fellow NHL standout he would like to play with this weekend at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, Zdeno Chara didn’t even hesitate.
BOSTON – It was a day of both uncharacteristic and typical actions by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara today.
BOSTON — From Bobby Orr to Ray Bourque to Zdeno Chara, with Glen Wesley crashing the great defensemen party.
Chara is now the fourth Bruins defenseman, in addition to the aforementioned players, in franchise history to record a hat trick, as he scored three goals in Boston’s 7-0 rout of Carolina today at TD Garden.
It’s the go-to excuse on par with “the dog ate my homework” and “the check is in the mail.”
When things go south with the Bruins — and even sometimes when things go right, like last night after a 6-0 drubbing of Ottawa – we hear “strip the C from Chara.”
Health willing, goaltender Tim Thomas will get a chance to continue his All-Star Game winning streak in Raleigh later this month.
What exactly is a 6-foot-9, 34-year-old, perennial All-Star defenseman worth on the open market?
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli decided in October that he didn’t want to wait until July 2011 to find out.
BOSTON – Fans and media types alike rarely get to glance behind the scenes of an NHL franchise the way the HBO cameras are documenting the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins’ trial and tribulations for the 24/7 show leading up to the 2011 Winter Classic.
BOSTON — The Bruins couldn’t do much of anything related to hockey Saturday night against Ottawa, but at least two of their veteran leaders put their fists to good use.
Although he stands 6-foot-9 and would be the least likely NHL player to be victimized by a lateral hit to the head or one from behind, as defined by Rule 48, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara wants you to know he still receives his fair share of blows to the noggin.
WILMINGTON, Mass. – Although there have always been rumors alluding to him being more machine than man, Zdeno Chara is not equipped to log 30 minutes per game and be the beast of the player needed for the Bruins to succeed.
Luckily for the team and its captain, the coaching staff recognizes that.
Even before the bad news about Johnny Boychuk came out tonight, I was getting a little worried about Zdeno Chara’s workload.
Now that Boychuk is definitely going to miss about a month with a fractured bone in his forearm, the Bruins captain and his five blue-line sidekicks are going to be pushed even more.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara’s reward for logging 29:05 of ice time last night in the win at Washington was a day off from practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Boston’s special teams’ punishment for another fruitless night on the power play (0-for-4) was a solid 30 minutes of man-advantage work today.
WILMINGTON, Mass. — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned from Prague with more than just the two points in the standings that his team earned Sunday.
Here I was thinking the only thing to look forward to over the next eight days while the Bruins are overseas is the season-opener in Prague against Phoenix.
Now it turns out Oct. 9 might also be a deadline for the Bruins to get captain Zdeno Chara signed to a contract extension.
BOSTON — After the Bruins’ morning skate in preparation for their preseason game with Florida at TD Garden, Bruins players addressed the situation with center Marc Savard. The veteran explained to the media that he’s still a “ways away” from returning due to his post-concussion syndrome symptoms.