Point Streak Reaches 14 Games For Bruins As They Beat Sharks 4-1, Chara Pummels Evander Kane In Third Period
The Bruins remained red-hot last night, as they beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 at TD Garden for their 10th win in 14 games. In that stretch, they've recorded a point in every game, not having lost in regulation since January 19.
David Krejci (15th), Charlie McAvoy (5th), Jake DeBrusk (20th), and Brad Marchand (25th) scored for the Bruins in that order; Krejci's came in the first period while the other three came in the second.
Marchand recorded two assists and now has 49 on the season, currently 10th in the NHL and two shy of his career-high which he set last season.
Newly-acquired Marcus Johansson made his Bruins debut and played well, recording 14:49 of ice-time with one assist, two shots, and a plus-one.
Things got particularly nasty in the third period. Less than four minutes in, Zdeno Chara layed a big hit on Evander Kane in a battle for the puck along the boards, knocking him to the ice. Upset with the lack of a call, an outraged Kane got up and jumped Chara, knocking him to the ice while throwing a couple cheap shots in the process.
In short, Chara wasn't having it. Watch:
Kane will be sure to think twice next time before going after the 6'9'' monster. You're not gonna see a fight more one-sided than that! Even at 42 (almost), Chara's still got it! Just the second fight of the season for the big fella.
Make no mistake, there was nothing wrong with Chara's hit. Kane was lunging forward, his body was in an off position. That's what's gonna happen! Normal hockey play, happens all the time. Not Chara's fault he has seven inches on Kane. It also wasn't an "elbow" like some people are saying (despite Chara getting two minutes for elbowing for some reason). All the momentum came from the shoulder. See?
Clean! And the league decided rather quickly that it was, because Chara will not face any disciplinary action:
Kane, additionally, received a 10-minute misconduct and two-minute instigator on the play, finishing the game with a season-high 31 penalty minutes.
I posted my own version of the tilt to Twitter, which developed the biggest reaction I've gotten on any post so far:
Love seeing Big Z drop the gloves. Doesn't happen much, but it's always a treat when he does!
With the win, the Bruins improved to 37-17-9, three points ahead of the third-place Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division; San Jose fell to 37-19-8 (second in Pacific Division) with the loss.
Up next for the Bruins will be the NHL's very best, the Tampa Bay Lightning, whose 100 points (48-11-4) are currently 13 more than the second-closest team (Flames).
Boston has dropped their lone game against the Lightning this season, a 3-2 loss on December 6.