Chara finished the 2015-16 season with nine goals and 37 points in 80 games to go along with 71 PIM. Chara, who logged a plus-12 rating this season, as well as 134 hits and 123 blocks, may have lost a step at age 39, but his reach and defensive savvy remain assets to a Boston blue line that he continues to anchor. Chara remains under contract with the Bruins through the 2017-18 season, and while there have been some whispers that the team may try to unload a core player or two, we'd be surprised if the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder ended up on the move this offseason.
Chara picked up his 28th assist of the season in 23:48 of ice time in Sunday's 6-4 loss to Chicago. The veteran blueliner has been hot lately with five points in his last six games. After taking just three shots on goal in the previous four games, it was good to see him fire five on Sunday. Chara's numbers are down this season, but he seems to be finishing strong.
Chara scored a goal on two shots in 25:41 of ice time in a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday. The goal was only Chara's second point in the last sixteen games, but he's not exactly known for his scoring. Chara had gone 20 games without a goal, longest drought for him since 2010-2011. The 38-year-old veteran now has 34 points this season.
Chara saw 25:18 worth of ice time in Monday's overtime win over the Panthers. Chara was not present for Monday's morning skate in advance of the Bruins' evening contest against the Panthers, but his absence was not injury-related, per the Boston Globe. The report relays that Chara did not travel with the Bruins to Florida on Sunday, but then re-joined the team during the day Monday after his wife gave birth to twin boys.
Chara (undisclosed) will play Monday against the Panthers. Chara will skate on Boston's top defensive pairing alongside Adam McQuaid. The 38-year-old veteran Czech defender has tallied 32 points through 64 contests this season, though he has gone pointless in seven straight contests.
Last 7 Games
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