He stands at a towering six feet nine inches, and at the NHL All-Star game this past weekend, the Boston Bruins’ captain, Zdeno Chara, beat his own record to clock the NHL’s hardest slap shot at a staggering 108.8 miles per hour. He also netted in the game-winning goal as a captain of the All-Star game.
However, true to Chara’s style, the festivities of the past weekend certainly did not hinder the All-Star captain in the first game coming off of the break.
After having a stellar All-Star weekend in Ottawa, Chara continued the fun in Boston against the Senators, helping lead his team to victory.
Chara showed off his 108.8MPH slap shot at 11:57 in the first period, a huge winding slap shot that beat Ottawa’s Craig Anderson that gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead early on in the game.
Despite his goal, the Bruins did end up letting in three goals while seemingly most of his teammates’ heads were still in All-Star break mode.
“Yeah we were really, really, really rusty,” said Chara, “First 40 minutes we were not playing what we are capable of and all of a sudden in the last 20 we were just much better.”
Despite the team being rusty in the first two periods, Chara helped boost momentum in the final seconds of the second period. He got the assist on Milan Lucic’s goal at 19:15. That made his game total to be a goal, an assist and he logged in just a little over 25 minutes of ice time, but this of course is nothing new for the 34 year old Captain.
Chara has been good from the get-go in Boston and he has the best plus/minus figure over the last two seasons with a +55 from the beginning of the 2010-2011 season and he has only missed 14 games in his five seasons with the Bruins.
Chara plays with a certain flair that makes him a perfect fit to don not only the spoked ‘B’ on his chest but the ‘C’ over his heart as well.
This season Chara has continued to be an instrumental part of the Bruins roster, playing in 46 games and racking up eight goals and twenty-two assists.
His size along with his great defensive play make Boston such a competitive team, he is known as a leader but he can also crack a few jokes too. Fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg netted in the game winning goal against Ottawa on Tuesday night to give the Bruins a 4-3 victory.
When asked what he told Dennis Seidenberg after his goal, Chara told the media, “I told him it was 110[MPH].”
And who would know that better than the man who shatters his own records?
Other Key Notes
- Tyler Seguin celebrated his 20th birthday at the Garden on Tuesday, but ended the night with a -2 rating.
- Tim Thomas, one of two Americans on the Bruins roster, declined the invitation to visit the White House last week with the rest of the Bruins team. However he was pleasantly greeted by Boston fans with a warm welcome in his first start since he declined to visited the White House.
“I was pretty certain [the reaction from fans would be positive],” said Thomas. “But having said that, I didn’t take it for granted. I was mentally prepared either way.”