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Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a fantastic profile of Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, and it is absolutely essential reading because he tells the truth: the NHL's most dominant defenseman at present didn't burst onto the NHL scene--he kind of stumbled onto it, taking years to grow into that big, mean body through oodles of hard work:
Before he was the biggest of the big, bad Boston Bruins, Zdeno Chara was just big. He was more of a curiosity, a 19-year-old kid from Slovakia, a third-round pick of the New York Islanders. He was trying to adjust and develop half-a-world from home in Prince George, a tough lumber town in the forests of British Columbia.
His junior team printed life-sized posters of him with measurements on the side, so regular folks could compare themselves to the giant and his 6-foot-9 height. Fans would hold them in the stands. Opponents could see them as they whirled around the rink for warm-ups. This being the Western Hockey Leag...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Zdeno Chara was super grumpy post-game. It ended with him and Bickell fighting but it began with him losing an edge pre-game.
Rask would say this is ****** ice... or maybe bad skate blade.
Taylor Hall is not impressed, though.
I disagree “@FriedgeHNIC: Healy says Chara needed stitches in back of head after pre-game collision with Lucic. Most dangerous...
Nice skating, bro.
No, I won’t say it to your face that includes that giant schnoz. No, I don’t have a Stanle…
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had just about enough of Chicago Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell. The pushing and shoving started slowly, but Chara knocked Bickell down and ended up on top of him. Chara is a massive human being and to see him man handle Bickell like he was a child was still impressive. A huge scrum formed around the two and Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw...
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara received stitches over his left eye after catching an edge and colliding with teammate Milan Lucic before Monday’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
The injury was initially believed to be to the back of his head.
The two collided on the ice in front of the Bruins’ bench with just more than three minutes remaining in pregame warmups...
Matt Cubeta of NHL.com tweeted this AWESOME picture of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara riding his bike prior to Game 3. I guess Z had a case of deja vu in the third period when he treated Bryan Bickell like this poor bike.
All Bickell needed was the basket and bell.
A shot from Zdeno Chara deflected off the goalie, off the back glass, off the top of the net, then off Patrice Bergeron‘s stick and into the back of the net. Just how Claude Julien wrote it up.
Not quite, but the unorthodox goal reduced the Bruins deficit to one in the final minutes of the second period. Less than two minutes after Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger gave Chicago...
Two of the biggest players in the NHL collided on Monday night during warm ups. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was skating around in warm ups when he lost an edge and took out Milan Lucic from behind. Chara went right off the ice, presumably to get his skate resharpened. Luckily for Boston both players were fine.
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The Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Blackhawks has not been quite as “angry” a series as Boston’s matchup with the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the final minute of Monday’s Game 3.
With barely 10 seconds remaining in the third period, Zdeno Chara and Bryan Bickell began exchanging shoves in front of B’s goalie...
What a fitting ending to an awesome game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks. Things got nasty at the end, so things are going to heat up it would appear. With the win tonight, the Boston Bruins have now won 11 straight game threes.
The Boston Bruins have also killed off 26 straight power plays, that's why the Blackhawks are 0/11 on the power play.
The big news from the start of Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final was the absence of Marian Hossa, one of the Chicago Blackhawks' most productive players, who was listed as an unexpected scratch minutes before the puck dropped in Boston.
According to the Blackhawks' official Twitter account, Hossa's unspecified injury apparently happened during warm-ups:
The box score will read, Zdeno Chara pass to Jaromir Jagr who fed Patrice Bergeron with a beautiful cross ice pass. Bergy waited until he saw an opening and then shot and then shot the puck past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.
#Bruins lead faceoff battle 29-13. Bergeron/Kelly a combined 24-5. Handzus/Kruger/Bolland a combined 1-20.
— Nicholas W. Goss (@NicholasGoss35...
Just a few things that caught my eye:
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool Joel Quennville four times? Shame on the organization. Zdeno Chara was in the dressing room with a skate issue for at least four shifts and Quennville failed to get Jonathan Toews on the ice for any of them. How does that happen with today's technology?