When things go south for a team that’s expected to be a Stanley Cup contender, three people receive most of the heat: the head coach, the goalie and the captain.
Zdeno Chara bore his brunt of criticism when the Bruins were floundering in the middle of the winter and in mid-March. So he should be rewarded with a lot of credit for his Norris Trophy-worthy play down the stretch run into the playoffs and then the first-round upset of Buffalo. Of course, then he’s as much to blame for the Bruins’ historic collapse as anyone. (more…)