Originally posted on BruinsLife  |  Last updated 3/4/13

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 22: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Much is being made of Zdeno Chara's decision last night to pummel Canadien's defenseman Alexei Emelin after his cross-check cheap shot to the ribs of Tyler Seguin. Chara wasted no time following the play in finding Emelin, decking him, and then delivering a sequence of punches that would make even the toughest guys quiver (some of those punches were thrown while Emelin was still on the ice). As a result, the Bruins star defenseman spent 17 minutes off the ice, during which time the Canadiens notched two goals and secured a 4-3 victory. In this sense they were able to get under the Bruin's skin and use it to their advantage by getting their best player off the ice during a critical part of the game. After John Scott of the Sabres pummeled Shawn Thornton in a game last month; many believed Chara should have used it as an opportunity to exact revenge upon Scott in a fight, which he chose not to do. This time, he did not hesitate in defending young Seguin. Speaking on Chara's backing...
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