Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is spending the NHL Coronavirus Pause with his family in a gated Florida community. In a conference call with Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares, Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin and Ottawa Senators young star Brady Tkachuk, Chara was asked what Bruins teammate he would least like to be quarantined with?
“I have to say, Tuukka Rask,” Chara replied. “You know the way that he farts, it’s just … I don’t know if I. …just the smell is awful. He likes his chicken wings.”
Prior to making the whole call burst out in laughter with that reply, Chara said forward Charlie Coyle and defenseman Kevan Miller were two guys he wouldn’t mind being bunkered down with.
Later in the day, Bruins forward David Pastrnak came to his goalie’s defense while holding a Q and A with fans on the NHL Instagram page.
“His farts are pretty bad, but I think I could overcome it,” said Pastrnak who, along with Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin, led the NHL in goals with 48 at the Pause. “I would definitely not skate through the crease more than once at practice.”
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On a more serious note, Chara, as his teammate Patrice Bergeron already did, admitted that while his first concern is the safety and health of everyone, he’s been frustrated knowing how good a chance the Bruins have at returning to the Stanley Cup Final.
“It is obviously one of those situations that you can’t really control,” Chara said. “I think that right now we all kind of have to look after each other and after our families. I know it’s kind of a cliché answer, these days I think that hockey’s secondary.
But you know if you kind of have to look at it that way, yeah, it is kind of hard to kind of pause the league at that kind of stage where we were at with fewer games remaining and so close to the playoffs and the team playing well, with confidence. And we were obviously at a good pace … but who knows, I think that we can’t always wish for the perfect situations. I think that these situations, as we’ve seen, do happen once in a while. Hopefully we will play again and we’ll see when that’s going to be.”