Chara has full confidence in struggling Bruins

Chara has full confidence in struggling Bruins
April 29, 2013, 11:15 am
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BOSTON -- Zdeno Chara never did get the rest the Bruins were hoping to grant him prior to the start of the playoffs. Instead he took to the ice with his teammates to compete hard for the Northeast Division until the bitter end.

When it was all settled, they weren’t able to give their 36-year-old captain a breather or capture the Northeast Division crown, losing 4-2 to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday and finishing off the regular season 2-7-2.

Chara and the rest of the Bruins now will get a couple of days to recharge their batteries before hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game One of their first round playoff series on Wednesday night at TD Garden. Big No. 33 and Dennis Seidenberg will likely be paired together as they’ve been the last couple of days, and they will be expected to log 30 minutes or more per night during the postseason.

Chara sidestepped questions about whether rest would do him and his team good. Seidenberg had a full speed ahead attitude with the playoffs on tap.

“Nobody really wants to rest, anyways. If they do give us rest, it’s kind of annoying to have to watch games, which looks very easy,” said Seidenberg, who has been a constant source of strength and consistency in a season where those qualities have been tested. 

“It’s definitely something we don’t worry or care about, and we look forward to it. We’ve played a lot of hockey and I think we’re ready to get going.”

The B’s captain has always held the players around him to his own high standards in the Boston dressing room, and he believes in the players around him with the Stanley Cup playoffs only a couple of days away.

“I have full confidence in the team we have,” said Chara. “I like the jump, I like the intensity, [and the] physicalness. [Sunday night’s game] came down to, again, them scoring the goal off kind of a broken play.

“Too bad we didn’t score some goals on the chances we had, but that’s been kind of the story of the way it went for us the last few games.”

Chara had a solid game against the Senators while playing their third game in four days, and finished with six shots on net in 22:52 of ice time while also ending with a minus-1 rating in defeat. Coming off a Saturday night game where both Chara and Seidenberg played nearly 30 minutes of ice time, it was impressive to see both players answer the bell again on Sunday against the Senators.

But now there are no excuses and no moral victories with the playoffs on hand. Both Chara and Seidenberg will need to be at their shutdown best despite carrying a heavy load over the last few months as the Black and Gold unsuccessfully attempted to find the upper register of their game.