Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 02/20/12 at 12:29 PM ET
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The numbers don’t lie, and Chara is a minus-7 over his last four games while showing signs of fatigue. There isn’t a soul that thinks it’s desire or effort that’s at the heart of Chara’s difficulties, and his coach thinks it’s merely the 6-foot-9 defenseman trying to do too much with so many of his teammates struggling around him.
“You talk about mistakes, but those are made when you’re not on top of your game,” said Claude Julien. “When you play with energy and you play with smarts you make good line changes. That energy level stays where it should be and your work ethic stays where it should be.
“But you’ve got only some guys producing for the team, and there are not enough of them. So they try to do a little more and produce a little more, and it hurts them more than it helps him. It just snowballs from there. We’ve got to rely on everybody to do their jobs and do them well.”
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