Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara
had two goals -- the first and last of the B's five goal output -- and put the Bruins on the brink of the Eastern Conference Finals as Boston defeated Philadelphia on Wedensday night in TD Garden.
|Chara celebrates his goal with teammate Mark Recchi (28) during the first period of Game 3 against the Philadelphia Flyers in a second-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) |
"Well you always want to have a good start, especially at home. But yeah, I mean we scored the first two, three shifts of the game," said Chara, who took a feed from Brad Marchand
and buried it behind Philadelphia's starting goalie Brian Boucher to make the score 1-0.
"I thought that gave us really good momentum for the first twenty at least.
"So yeah, it was a good start," he said.
Boston broke through a 0-for-30 playoff power play drought when, off a set up by David Krejci
, Chara also beat Philly's backup goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to make the final score 5-1.
But postgame Chara really wasn't interesting on dwelling his offensive output.
"Well, we all know that the most important thing right now is wins," said the B's captain. "And I said it all along, if you can help out offensively that’s a plus.
"For me personally I really try to focus on my defensive game and play strong throughout the games. I’m not really worried about points. I’m just counting wins and that’s the way we look at it in the room.
"It’s nice to score, there is no question about that," added Chara. "But I think that we all know it’s all about the wins."
There wasn't much that Boucher could've done on Chara's first goal as the big B's defenseman put all of his 6-foot-9, 255 pound frame into a shot that resembled his NHL record 105.9 blast during this season's All-Star festivities. And the same could be said of the shot that beat Bobrovsky.
"As you saw, Zdeno [Chara]’s shot is one that certainly goaltenders don’t like to see," said Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "He’s got that ability and tonight I thought he used it well."
"He’s got an amazing shot," said Boston goaltender Tim Thomas
, who has probably faced Chara's shots more than anyone else in the league.
"Ask the opposing goalies that are facing it. It is no fun to see that guy winding up on you."
"He gets himself in the right spots," explained Thomas. "And getting those goals...it makes it easier on the whole team."
But no matter how right a spot Chara and the B's find themselves pregame on Friday, Boston's captain reminded everyone that a Game 4 victory will be far from easy.
"Well, we are glad that we are in the position that we are in, but still, there is one more win we have to accomplish to move on," said Chara. "That is where our focus is right now."