Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara registered a plus-5 rating in Boston's 5-3 win over Montreal in Game 2.

He played a game-high 26:59 of ice time in the contest, where he added an assist and five hits. Chara has three points in seven playoff contests in 2014.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

RDS is reporting the Bruins and Habs' second round series will begin on Thursday, May 1, at the TD Garden at 7:30 p.m.

Game 2 is a matinee on Saturday, May 3, followed by Tuesday and Thursday of the following week for Games 3 & 4 in Montreal. Since the Bruins disposed of the Red Wings in five games and the Habs swept the Lightning, Game 1 will come after a five day layoff for Boston and a nine day break for Montreal.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara is a finalist for the 2013-14 James Norris Memorial Trophy.

The towering defenseman registered 17 goals and 40 points in 77 games, while posting a plus-25 rating and leading he Bruins in average ice time per contest (24:39). His 10 power-play markers ranked him second among NHL rearguards. Chara won the Norris in 2008-09 and this marks the sixth time that he's up for the award.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara found the back of the net in Boston's 4-2 win over Detroit.

It was Chara's 15th career goal in 134 playoff games. Among active players, Chara ranks 10th in total postseason contests, but those ahead of him, Sergei Gonchar and Brad Stuart, are still alive in their respective first round series.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara was more engaged in Game 2 against Detroit.

He nearly participated in fisticuffs with Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith at the end of the first period and scored a power-play goal in the third. Chara was also credited with four hits and two blocks. He ended up logging 26:04 of ice time in Boston's 4-1 win.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Look for Zdeno Chara to return to the Bruins lineup Saturday afternoon against the Sabres.

He was given Thursday night's game against the Jets off. The Bruins are hoping to keep Chara rested and healthy for the start of the playoffs so there is a chance he won't play in Sunday's season finale against the Devils.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara didn't dress in Thursday's shootout loss to Winnipeg.

He as given the night off with the regular season drawing to a close and the playoffs quickly approaching. Chara has averaged 24:42 of ice time in 76 games this season. The 37-year-old defenseman has 17 goals, 39 points and a plus-24 rating.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 6 Months

Zdeno Chara collected two assists in Boston's 4-3 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

Chara's pair of helpers brings him up to 39 points in 76 games this year. The giant Slovakian is also +24 this season with 52 penalty minutes.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 6 Months

Zdeno Chara netted his 17th goal in Sunday's shootout win over Philadelphia.

He registered his 10th power-play marker of the year to give him his first goal in his last nine games. Chara has hit double digits in goals nine times in his career, with his personal best coming in 2008-09 when he got 19.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 6 Months

Don't be surprised if some of the Bruins' star players like Zdeno Chara end up serving as a healthy scratch in the not too distant future.

While the Bruins aren't likely to do it much, they are expected to rest some of their best players for a game or two before the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Boston is all-but guaranteed the top seed in the Eastern Conference, so their bigger concern at this point is being fresh for the start of the playoffs. Other potential candidates to be scratched include Loui Eriksson and Patrice Bergeron.