Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara was victimized in Games 6 and 7 by the speedy Montreal Canadiens.

Perhaps the Canadiens were right when they felt Chara was getting tired in the series. Max Pacioretty out-skated him to the puck for a back-breaking goal in Game 6 and he was unlucky in Game 7 when Daniel Briere's centering effort went off his skate and into the net. He was also whistled for eight penalty minutes in those two games and he posted just one shot. The 37-year-old defender has been able to avoid showing his age with solid play on the ice, but in Boston's second-round series against Montreal he appeared to be a step behind quite often.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais indicates that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara grew tired in Game 5 (even if Boston won).

"When you do that, he's just another defenseman," Desharnais said. This isn't the first series where players have at least implied that the elite and large (but admittedly) aging blueliner might slow down. His on-ice play hasn't really giving those thoughts a whole lot of credence, however.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 5 Months

Zdeno Chara is leading the Boston Bruins with an average of 25:52 minutes per contest.

Chara is also tied for second on the team with a plus-five rating. He recorded an assist on Saturday, giving him four points in 10 playoff games.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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.