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Video- The Boston Bruins Honor Zdeno Chara

Both benches stand with stick taps along the boards.

 

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Zdeno Chara Returns To Boston

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

TD Garden will be mostly empty on Wednesday night when Chara returns to Causeway Street for the first time in his post-Bruins career. He will not be greeted by canorous cheers, a packed house welcoming home a franchise legend. No matter what kind of video is played for the television audience, it will not be a proper tribute. It won’t be quite right.

That’s fine by Chara. Even though a trip to Boston will never be strictly business, he is here to play two hockey games, his Capitals against the Bruins on Wednesday and Friday.

“It’s going to be exciting to be back,” Chara said Tuesday on a Zoom call, before stepping on the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena. “Obviously, we all wish to have fans at some point — hopefully sooner — at our arenas. They always make the games more exciting. But this time we’re going to have to obviously wait and respect that safety and health is the priority.”

On Monday, Chara reunited with his family, which remains at their home in the North End: wife Tatiana; daughter Elliz, who turns 12 next month; and twin boys Ben and Zack, who turn 5 on Saturday.

“It was really nice to see them after a long time and be a dad for one day again,” said Chara, who had been with the Capitals since signing for one year and $795,000 on Dec. 30.

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Morning Line- Brad Marchand

“You know what?” All the video and all that stuff, it really bothers me. I just think being able to challenge all these plays — like, hockey’s a game of mistakes, not only by the players but by the referees, and that’s part of what makes it a good sport.

“You get your calls against you, but you get the calls that go your way, too. With all the video, there’s a lot of blame that gets put on the refs. They’re there to make those quick-decision calls. Now they’re calling them back all the time.

“I don’t think that’s necessary. I think that’s going to go — it’s just taking hockey to a place where it’s just, it’s annoying. All these dumb stats that keep coming out. They’re just bothering me.”

-Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins.  Matt Porter of the Boston Globe has more.

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At Least You Can Look Like Bobby Orr

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Montreal-based Classic Auctions, which late last year auctioned off Derek Sanderson’s personal collection, is in the midst of auctioning a Bobby Orr game-worn sweater from the legendary 1970-71 Bruins season.

Online bids for the black No. 4 sweater, with its classic white and gold trim, had reached nearly $100,000, as of Friday afternoon. Bidding closes Feb. 23 and the sweater comes with a letter of authenticity signed by No. 4 himself.

Orr, 23 when the season ended, won both the Hart (MVP) and Norris (top defenseman) trophies in 1970-71.

According to Marc Juteau, owner of Classic Auctions, Orr donated the sweater as a charity item in December 1993 and it is being handled now as private sale with no financial connection to the Bruins icon.

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Zdeno Chara Faces His Old Team Tonight

from Kevin Paul Dupont o the Boston Globe,

It has been a month since Zdeno Chara tossed his hockey gear in his car outside his downtown condo, drove by the Garden, and just kept motoring all the way to Washington. A new life, a new team awaited.

Just business. Hockey business. In the end, that’s what it was, as it is so often. The proud Slovak defenseman remained convinced he could be a key component for a Stanley Cup contender, and the Bruins respectfully told him he could stay here, albeit in a handyman’s role for a team committed to its own new beginnings.

“I love them as my brothers,” Chara said early Friday afternoon, reflecting on his time here and how it will feel Saturday night in Washington to face ex-teammates for the first time. “We have something that’s very deep and goes far back, and I’ll obviously cherish those memories, those great celebrations we had, winning the Stanley Cup.”

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The NHL Announces Two Games At Lake Tahoe

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced a new event for the 2020-21 regular season, the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™, which will feature two regular-season outdoor games along the south shore of North America’s largest alpine lake, on the border of California and Nevada, in Stateline, Nev. Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday will showcase the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 20. Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday will feature the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21. Both games will be broadcast at 3 p.m. ET on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Both games will be played without spectators.

NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™ continues the tradition the League established of staging outdoor games during the regular season, with the upcoming games in February marking the 31st and 32nd such events since 2003.

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Tuukka Rask On Why He Left The Bruins During Their Playoff Run

from TSN,

 

Tuukka Rask opted out of the Boston Bruins' playoff run in the NHL's Toronto bubble last August to be with his family, and the goaltender explained how serious the decision was in first media availability of training camp.

“Everything happened so quickly,” Rask told reporters in a team Zoom call on Wednesday. “I got a phone call the night before that our daughter wasn’t doing so well. They had to call an ambulance.

"At that point, my mind is spinning. I’m like ‘I need to get out of here.’ So then, the next morning I informed (Bruins president) Cam (Neely) and we had a brief talk and I just left.”

The Bruins announced Rask's decision less than two hours before Game 3 of their playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes on August 15.

The Bruins' players publically supported Rask and the veteran netminder said he knew he made the right decision.

“It was a tough decision to leave, but then again, it wasn’t,” Rask said. “I knew it was more important for me to be home at the time. So, that was easy to live with.

"On the other hand, you’re home, knowing you could be there, you should be there playing hockey. So, it’s tough to watch the games. Your brain is kind of spinning at that point, knowing you’re at the right place at home but then again you should be there stopping pucks. So, it was tough for a few weeks.”

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The Next Captain In Boston

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

Perfect Patrice. Saint Patrice. More commonly, Bergy.

And now, Captain Obvious.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney all but coined that temporary moniker for Patrice Bergeron this past week, when he followed Zdeno Chara’s departure with some far less surprising news: the “C” will be handed out this year, and, well, you can guess who’s getting it.

We are kicking off 2021 properly around here. This just feels right. And this is to take absolutely nothing from Chara, a mammoth figure in his 14 years as captain, one of the most respected players, intriguing interview subjects, and feared opponents of his generation. He readily admits: When it came to steering the ship, he always had help.

No small part of the Bruins’ success over the last decade-plus — one Stanley Cup, three Final appearances, seemingly always a contender — has been the professional culture built around two pillars that just get it, on every front.

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Video- A Look Back At Zdeno Chara In Boston

Some highlights by Chara while wering the Bruins sweater.

 

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Four Teams Show Interest In Playing Home Games Under The Sky

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Let’s begin this quickie blog with a caveat: it’s a long shot.

But…at least four NHL teams are investigating the possibility of playing home games in outdoor stadia if it will allow them to have fans in attendance.

Again, there are no guarantees in COVID times, “but it is being explored,” one executive said Wednesday.

None of the clubs would comment, but they are Anaheim, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. According to multiple sources, it was the Kings who first considered the idea several months ago. Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group also owns Dignity Health Sports Park, located 15 miles from the Kings’ home, Staples Center.

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