If it wasn’t clear after eight grueling games against them, former and longtime Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara made it clear again that his allegiance now fully resides with his new team, the Washington Capitals.
With the Bruins and Capitals tied 1-1 late in the first period and the Boston Bruins swarming in the offensive zone, Chara knocked goalie Craig Anderson into his net to seemingly stop play and prevent the Bruins from cashing in and taking a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after trailing early due to a Tom Wilson goal 6:22 into regulation. Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak actually took a Brad Marchand feed and rifled it into the net for what he thought would be the go-ahead goal but the whistle blew the play dead before the puck went into the toppled net behind Anderson.
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Clearly, there should’ve been a delay of game on Chara and the Capitals but somehow they got away with it and the game went to the first intermission tied at one. As he did for the Bruins, Chara will obviously now do whatever it takes to win for his new team regardless of playing against his former teammates and good friends. The past is the past and Chara is hoping he can add another Stanley Cup to his resume.
“The matchups are the matchups. It’s an exciting part of the year. We all battle hard to get to the playoffs, so now it’s the time,” Chara said Friday trying to deflect questions about his time with the Bruins. “It’s all about the team. It’s nothing personal. It’s just the way it worked out. That’s the way it is.”
Chara finished the season with two goals and eight assists in 55 games for the Washington Capitals this season and had one goal and one assist in seven games against the Boston Bruins.