Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/05/11 at 10:10 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
And so, two games into the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, we ask this question of Boston captain Zdeno Chara: mountain or rubble?
With the Bruins trailing 2-0 in their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1990, they face arguably the franchise’s most important game since they last won a Cup in 1972.
Lose in Monday night’s Game 3 and go down 3-0 against the Vancouver Canucks, and the series is over. Win, and the series script takes on a completely different tone.
This is not to suggest that Chara, the man who filled the Bruins’ captaincy when he signed as a free agent prior to the 2006-07 season, is required to take the entire Bruins squad on his mighty Slovak shoulders and single-handedly deliver victory. But surely it isn’t asking too much of the 6-foot-9 defenseman to lead by example, set a tone through his play and demeanor and inspire the rest of the Bruins.
He has the wherewithal and skill set to be that kind of player.
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