Zdeno Chara scored two goals the other night in a win against the Calgary Flames. This brings Chara’s total to nine goals on the season. Six of which were scored on the power play. The Boston Bruins have faced a lot of adversity lately with injuries. Daniel Paille was ruled out because of concussion symptoms and Dougie Hamilton and Chris Kelly are still going to miss significant time. The Bruins have essentially been playing in the NHL with their AHL team. Chara’s goals not only powered the Bruins to a win. They showed us why he is the captain of this squad.
Chara has not only been consistent all year, but he has been clutch. He has scored meaningful timely goals to help the Bruins pick up points. The two goals against the Flames was just the cherry on top. Chara scored the game winner earlier this month against the Pittsburgh Penguins as well.
You could say that the reason the Bruins are winning is because of depth. They have good, solid young players who play two-way hockey. You could also say that the reason these young players are so effective is because of Chara. Can you imagine walking into a locker room and seeing Chara sitting there with the Captain C on his chest?
When you have a captain who does things the right way, leads by example, and is the heart and soul of your team it forces other players to perform. A lot of the Bruins success can be contributed to Chara and the leadership he provides this team.