Zdeno Chara is the oldest lively participant within the NHL on the tender age of 43. He spent 15 of his 23 NHL seasons with the Bruins earlier than stunning the hockey world and signing a one-year contract with the Capitals on Dec. 30.
Over the course of 1,560 profession regular-season video games (between the Islanders, Senators, Bruins and Caps) and 195 extra within the playoffs, “Massive Z” collected 223 objectives mixed. However none might have been larger — or had one of the best response — than the one he scored Thursday night time.
Within the second interval, the elder statesman obtained the puck on the left level and fired a shot that obtained previous some site visitors earlier than beating Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stick facet. Fast observe: Chara gained the NHL’s hardest shot contest 5 straight years (2007-12) and owns the file at 108.8 mph.
Positive, it was a particular purpose because it was his first with the Capitals in his eighth recreation (he already had an help Thursday). However what occurred subsequent will certainly give you all of the feels.
After Chara scored, the digital camera reduce to him being mobbed on the Capitals’ bench. NBC Sports activities Washington’s Craig Laughlin exclaimed: “Massive Z with all his children round him, I adore it!”
It was fairly a scene on the bench and the previous man had the largest smile because the “children” swarmed him and have been patting him on the top. By the best way, that is not a straightforward activity as a result of Chara certainly lives as much as his nickname, standing an NHL-best 6-9.
The purpose additionally capped off a flurry of markers for the Capitals, who entered the center body in a 3-0 gap. Connor Sheary kicked off the comeback with two tallies earlier than Garnet Hathaway, John Carlson and Chara added to the pile. All 5 objectives occurred in a tidy 9 minutes, 23 seconds.