BOSTON - Last week, the Bruins spent a couple of nights under the billing of Fight Night, thanks to their captain defenseman engaging two different players on two separate teams in brawls in back-to-back games. Zdeno Chara had his temper tested during last Wednesday's game on December 11 when he got into fisticuffs with Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals. Chara went toe to toe with Wilson and came away with the takedown.
Testing his luck, Chara fought Pat Maroon of the Tampa Bay Lightning the very next night in a December 12 game, as shared by Yahoo Sports. Chara still had fire in his step, recording another takedown on consecutive nights. According to Hockey Fights, this was the first time Chara fought in consecutive games since a December 12 and December 13 back-to-back set against the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008. The Thrashers don't even exist anymore!
The second fight, against Maroon, was shared on YouTube by NHL Frenzy. I suppose the official NHL channels are not always keen to share the brawls in a popular capacity.
Chara has a number of reputations in the NHL, including that of being a role model and a leader as the oldest player in the league. His veteran presence is well-respected throughout the world of hockey. However, he is also well-known for being able to hold his own in fights. And even though he remains the oldest active hockey player, he is still a more than capable fighter. It was inspiring to see Chara still duke it out, even at the age of forty-two.
As for the Bruins, the games against the Capitals and Lightning both resulted in 3-2 losses. These games were part of Boston's five-game losing streak, the inarguable low point of the season for the franchise. Fortunately, that rough road trip has now come to an end and the Bruins will be back at home tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Kings. The skid they were on came to an end on Saturday night when the Bruins downed the Florida Panthers by a score of 4-2. Despite the losing streak, the Bruins are still 21-7-6 and secure of first place in the Atlantic Division.
While Chara's streak of games with a fight has come to an end, let's hope a Bruins winning streak takes its place.
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