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Zdeno Chara | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 3/18/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 250
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Zdeno Chara scored for the Bruins in their 2-0 win against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
His third goal of the year is considered the game-winner in this one. Chara scored with less four minutes remaining in the game. He has 11 points on the year, so he’s clearly not done with being an impact player. Brad Marchand picked up the empty-net goal. Torey Krug had six shots on net. Nov 21 - 10:46 PM

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Zdeno Chara is looking for the Bruins to build on their strong showing against Minnesota on Thursday after failing to take that next step under similar circumstances lately.

Boston hasn't won back-to-back games since October. "That’s going to be a big challenge again for us," Chara said. "Are we going to be able to respond after good games like we hadn’t before? My mind is already past [the Minnesota game], and I’m already thinking about the next game. We are at square one. We know that we’ve been in these kinds of situations a number of times. I know it’s close to game 20, but we’ve got to figure out. We can’t be obviously playing good games like we did [against the Wild] and then going backwards again. I think that we all are already thinking about next game, how we’re going to be playing, what we need to do." The Bruins will be up against Toronto next, which is a team that's been doing well recently.
Nov 21 - 10:19 AM

Zdeno Chara scored his second goal of the season Thursday night.

He got the opening goal of the contest just 1:12 after puck drop and Ryan Spooner gave the Bruins a 2-0 lead, but the Avalanche came back to record a 3-2 victory. Chara didn't have a point in his previous four games, but he has eight points in 13 appearances this year.
Nov 13 - 8:05 AM

Zdeno Chara saw 21:27 of ice time in his season debut Monday.

"He was good," coach Claude Julien said. "He made the game look simple because he made it look easy for a guy that hadn't played much this year, maybe a minute and a half in the preseason. He made things look easy because he kept his game simple and he made the right decisions. I was pleasantly surprised at his first game." Chara posted three shots and a minus-2 rating in Boston's 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had a team-high 4:10 on the penalty kill, but logged just 40 seconds on the power play.
Oct 13 - 7:15 AM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) will suit up Monday afternoon against Tampa Bay.

He missed the first two games of the season with an upper-body injury and the Bruins lost both of those matches. The team's defense corps has been struggling, so getting Chara back should help a bit.
Oct 12 - 12:13 PM

Zdeno Chara is considered questionable for Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Chara was 'doubtful' for yesterday's game against Montreal so the fact that he's not 'questionable' is an upgrade. The 38-year-old was injured during the preseason and has yet to skate in a regular season game. The Bruins take on the Lightning at 1:00 pm Eastern on Monday.
Oct 11 - 12:56 PM

Zdeno Chara, Zach Trotman, Tyler Randell, and Joonas Kemppainen are out for the Bruins Saturday night against the Canadiens.

Colin Miller is making his NHL debut tonight in replacement of Zach Trotman. Trotman struggled against the Jets, so it isn't surprising to see Claude Julien make the change. Chara still doesn't appear fit enough to play, the Bruins are hoping their captain will return soon.
Oct 10 - 7:07 PM

Zdeno Chara is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

The veteran defenseman was placed on injured reserve and wasn't healthy enough to suit in Thursday's season opening loss to Winnipeg. After allowing six goals in that game, it's obvious that the Bruins need their captain back as soon as possible.
Oct 10 - 11:19 AM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) will not participate in Thursday's season opener.

Chara has been dealing with this injury since Sept. 24. He's making progress though and might make his season debut as early as Saturday.
Oct 8 - 1:35 PM

Zdeno Chara's status for Thursday's regular season opener remains uncertain.

He took part in Wednesday's practice, but served as a substitute on the second power-play unit and stayed on the ice for extra work after practice. Chara is still on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, but he appears to be improving. He will wait and see how he feels Thursday morning.
Oct 7 - 3:56 PM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) was back at practice on Tuesday.

"I'm not looking at Thursday," Chara said referring to Boston's season opener. "It's day-to-day. I'm looking forward to [Wednesday] practice. My goal is to be better than I was today." Chara has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Sept. 24 when he was hurt in a preseason game.
Oct 6 - 6:33 PM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) hasn't practiced with his teammates yet.

He did some work on the ice near the end of the Sunday's practice, but he hasn't had contact and it's unclear if he'll be ready for Thursday's regular season opener. Coach Claude Julien thinks Chara is getting close to rejoining his teammates on the ice, but the big defenseman remains day-to-day.
Oct 5 - 9:58 AM

There is no timetable in place for Zdeno Chara to return from an upper-body injury.

He won't play in Friday's preseason finale against Washington and is just looking to feel better each day. "You always try to come back as fast as you can and as fit as you can," said Chara. "At this point right now, obviously my goal is to be back but at the same time I'm not trying to put myself in position of risk or where you're going to have some setbacks." He hopes to be ready for the Bruins' regular season opener.
Oct 2 - 9:57 AM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) has been on the ice for three straight days.

That being said, Chara didn't participate in the Bruins' practice for the main group on Thursday. He's day-to-day after sustaining the injury on Sept. 24.
Oct 1 - 1:32 PM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) skated on his own Monday.

"He's doing better. He skated [Monday] morning early so things are going as expected. It's all encouraging," said coach Claude Julien. Chara was on the ice for a little more than 30 minutes, but the Bruins bench boss wouldn't comment on when the veteran defender would be back with his teammates. Consider him day-to-day.
Sep 29 - 10:32 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Krejci
2Patrice Bergeron
3Ryan Spooner
4Chris Kelly
LW1Brad Marchand
2Loui Eriksson
3Matt Beleskey
4Maxime Talbot
5Zac Rinaldo
RW1David Pastrnak
2Brett Connolly
3Jimmy Hayes
4Tyler Randell
5Joonas Kemppainen
6Landon Ferraro
7Frank Vatrano
D1Zdeno Chara
2Torey Krug
3Dennis Seidenberg
4Adam McQuaid
5Zach Trotman
6Kevan Miller
7Colin Miller
8Joe Morrow
G1Tuukka Rask
2Jonas Gustavsson