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Zdeno Chara laughs at Brendan Smith during fight (Video)

Zdeno Chara and Brendan Smith play the same position. You wouldn’t know that by looking at the Boston Bruins captain when he almost squared off with Smith on Sunday, but that’s because Chara is a giant.

A scrum broke out during Game 2 of Boston’s opening round playoff series against the Detroit Red Wings, and Chara and Smith ended up exchanging a few minor shoves and punches. It was disappointing as far as fights go, but the fact that Chara was laughing in Smith’s face made it hilarious.

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That was clearly Chara’s way of saying, “You sure you wanna go little guy?” It was a no-win situation for Big Z, as he would have been seen as a bully if he actually dropped the gloves against a player who is seven inches shorter than him. The size difference alone would have made it an impossible fight for Smith to win, but Kudos to him for not punking out. I’m sure Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is glad a linesman eventually got in the way.

Sidney Crosby starting with Tuukka Rask and Zdeno Chara? (Video)

Sidney Crosby is not known as a physical player. In fact, he’s the exact opposite; he’s a skilled player who has accrued just 417 penalty minutes in 470 career games. But as the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins came to a close, Crosby got into it with two different Bruins.

The Bruins were up 1-0 and managed to keep the Penguins from scoring despite Pittsburgh being on the power play to end the period. While Evgeni Malkin and Patrice Bergeron got most of the attention for dropping gloves after the period ended, what should not go unnoticed is what happened with Crosby and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

Sidney Crosby Zdeno CharaRask was skating off the ice after the period ended and crossed paths with Crosby as the Pens captain was headed over to the pile of players who met in the middle of the ice. Crosby gave Rask a nudge with his elbow, and Rask may have responded because Crosby turned around and went back to confront Rask. Crosby gave him a cross check. As the Bergeron-Malkin fight was being broken up by the officials, Crosby had words with Chara. Maybe it was just two captains trying to stand up for their teams.

What we do know is that Crosby did not like the physical nature of the game.

“They’re letting a lot go out there, and the more it gets like that, the more it’s going to escalate. You can only control and channel that stuff so much. You keep letting guys do that stuff, you’re just going to push the envelope. That’s something we obviously want to stay away from, but it’s kind of a natural thing when it gets like that,” Crosby said after the game, per Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The teams will play Game 2 on Monday in Pittsburgh. It will be interesting to see how the officials handle things after all the physical play in Game 1. After Matt Cooke’s hit on Adam McQuaid, I can imagine things continuing to be physical.

Canadiens fans cheer after Zdeno Chara takes puck to the face (Video)

How far is too far? Hockey fans cheer for big hits and fights. When two guys drop the gloves, they want the guy on their team to rearrange the other guy’s face. It’s worse with rivals. Fan bases can develop an unbelievable hatred for one another, and no two groups of fans are a better example of that than the Bruins and Canadiens. That being said, is cheering when a rival player takes a puck to the face uncalled for?

We know Montreal fans despise Zdeno Chara in particular. Last season, Chara laid a questionable hit on Max Pacioretty and the people of Montreal actually forced the police to investigate it as a crime. Clearly they were happy to see him get nailed in the face by a puck on Wednesday night — even though the puck drew blood.

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Patrick Kane’s Superman, Corey Perry’s Little Stick Highlight Skills Competition

The NHL All-Star weekend is going down in Ottawa and the skills competition was held on Saturday evening. There was a full complement of events, and the Breakaway Competition provided the greatest entertainment.

Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane won the competition by going Superman with a cape and dive for his goal. He says he was inspired by Dwight Howard who went Superman in the dunk competition. Here is the video:

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Right-Handed Statue of Zdeno Chara Created in Slovakia (Picture)

As usual, the Stanley Cup’s tour around the world has had its fair share of funny moments.  Players from the Boston Bruins have each gotten their chance to spend a day with the cup, with some bringing it to Boston in a baby stroller and wild team celebrations dipping into the morning hours at Foxwoods Resort Casino.  Heck, former LBS contributor Shallon Lester even managed to make headlines as the Cup was making its rounds.

Although it may not have been quite as fun as his bike ride at the championship parade, Zdeno Chara must have enjoyed his time with the Cup back home in Slovakia. However, he may have felt a bit uncomfortable when he was presented with a statue in his hometown of Trencin.  Chara was honored I’m sure, but couldn’t the creators at least pay attention to the fact that Big Z is left-handed? Check out this picture of Zdeno Chara’s right-handed statue, courtesy of Puck Daddy:

And once again the old cliche comes appropriately into play: it’s the thought that counts.

Zdeno Chara Rides his Bike to Bruins’ Championship Parade in Boston (Video)

The Boston Bruins have been soaking in their Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks going on a world tour. They racked up over a $150,000 tab at Club Shrine Saturday night, showed up at Fenway Park on Sunday, and attracted over a million people to their team parade Saturday. The best part of the parade had to be Zdeno Chara riding his bike to and from the celebration. Check out the video captured by directorman12:

Chara riding his bike is somewhat of a metaphor for the Bruins’ down-to-earth, humble team. It also is representative of another interest of Chara’s: cycling. He’s been biking since he was a kid.

In an interview with the Boston Globe last year, Chara explained that his dad “was a physical therapist and masseuse for a cycling team. I helped him out and the guys in his club put a bike together for me. That’s how I first got started riding.” He says he likes to ride his bike around town to get groceries and site see rather than drive a car. I know this used to be his mentality, but after winning the Stanley Cup you can’t help but wonder if his method of transportation will change now that he’s a celebrity in the city. Hopefully it won’t.

Video: Zdeno Chara Drinks Coke on Bench

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara missed Game 2 of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Canadiens because of dehydration. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe because this is the same hockey player who thinks chugging a bottle of Coke during a game is a good idea. Check out the video:

So what’s going on here? Is Chara getting paid by Coca Cola to pimp their product? Is he just the anti Paul Pierce? I demand answers!