Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/10/10 at 12:38 PM ET
from Matt Kalman of The Bruins Blog,
“As far as my height, maybe I’m a taller guy, my head isn’t in a danger zone, knock on wood,” Chara told TheBruinsBlog.net during a chat about Rule 48 Tuesday after his team’s practice. “But at the same time, you’d be surprised how many times I go to hit guys and I run into them with their heads. That happened the other night when I went to hit [St. Louis’ T.J.] Oshie in the corner. I went to hit him, he leaned in, and boom I got it right in the chin. I fell down because that knocked me down. So people don’t see it, but when you go and hit smaller guys and they lean … I got it right on my chin, I went down. It’s one of those things that sometimes the height is not always an advantage.”
No one has sympathy for Goliath, so Chara will have to deal with the blows to his chin if he’s going to keep playing the game as hard as he always has and do it with his patented combination of physicality and intimidation. So far this season, it doesn’t appear that Chara’s playing with any less force than in the past.
However, it seems that Chara has slightly (and somewhat undetectably) altered his approach by playing with his edge, but doing so smartly, in light of Rule 48.
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