It’s not his proudest stat as an NHL player.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is 0-3 in Game 7 situations — two losses with Ottawa (vs. New Jersey and Toronto) and one with Boston (last season against Montreal) — and he knows it. That’s why he doesn’t recall any words of wisdom he received before those deciding games.
“It’s been a long time. When you lose those Game 7′s, you don’t try to memorize them. You try to forget about them,” Chara said today after an off-ice workout in preparation for Game 7 of the Bruins’ Eastern Conference semifinal series with Carolina at TD Banknorth Garden.
Had the pregame speech, or any other number of circumstances been different, maybe Chara wouldn’t have a goose egg in the Game 7 ‘W’ column. He’s not alone among Bruins players who’ve suffered more defeat than victory in Game 7s, as only winger Mark Recchi (4-2) and goaltender Manny Fernandez (1-0) are better than .500 in Game 7s. (more…)