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Chara Says Defense Can Fill Boychuk Void

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BOSTON --  After suffering a fractured forearm in the first period of Saturday night’s game, Johnny Boychuk watched practice on Tuesday from outside the boards, sporting a black cast signed by his teammates.


Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton (18) is congratulated by teammates Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, right, after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010. The Bruins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)
Meanwhile, team captain and defensive leader Zdeno Chara, remained hard at work on the ice, as the Bruins worked with their now six-man defensive unit.

“Unfortunately, it happened to [Johnny Boychuk] and you know, we have the extra defenseman in here, so I’m sure we’re going to dress all six D we have right now,” Chara commented after practice at Ristuccia Arena.

“We all have to pick it up and fill those spots that Johnny was playing.”

Chara knows that replacing Boychuk will be tough and will require a collective effort from the whole team to get the job done.

“It’s going to be a big task for us, not just the D-core, but everybody else, to play really responsibly and working extremely hard,” he continued.

But of course, he has complete confidence in all the healthy B’s.

“We just have to play the same way, the same system, and like I said, pay attention to the details and work hard,” Chara said.

“I mean, again, injuries do happen.”

While Chara does expect the Bruins coaching staff to change up the defensive pairings over the next few weeks to accommodate for the missing Boychuk, the 12-season NHL veteran is ready to skate alongside any of his fellow D-men.

“In those first few games, we pretty much played everybody with everybody in different situations ... We are pretty much used to playing with whoever," Chara explained. “There are no real pairings that have to stay together, so I’m sure we’ll see different pairings in these next few games.”
 
Despite losing Boychuk for the next four weeks, Big Zee doesn’t see any reason to change how he has been playing all along.
 
“I don’t think I have to do anything extra. It doesn’t mean that now that we have a defenseman out of the lineup that all of a sudden we have to do something more or something unusual or out of our ways.”

So what’s his game plan?

“I’m still going to play my game and not try to do too much or anything like that. I’m going to play the way I’ve been playing.

“Playing simple, playing hard.”

---Ashley Robbins
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