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Chara's Goal Gave B's a Late Spark

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
SAN JOSE, CA -- In his 999th NHL game, Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara scored his 136th career goal and earned his 451st point all while he played a team and game high 27:23 and landed eight hits - but it wasn't enough to put the Bruins over the top, as another slow start for Boston kept the club off the scoreboard until 15:45 of the third period.

"Especially in the first half of the game, I thought that we didn't [enough] in the offensive zone," said the Bruins captain of his team's 2-1 loss to San Jose. "We were playing a lot on the outside and then as the game went on we were better [able] to get through and created some traffic, some shots.

"But you know if we want to score more goals then we have to put more pucks on the net."

After two impressive efforts against Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia and Toronto, against the Western Conference Sharks, Chara said the Bruins didn't bring enough to the table on Thursday night in San Jose.

"I thought that...the first half of the game we were not playing to our potential - even though it was still a close game," said Chara. "Then we made it a one goal game.

"[But] to win games you can't be relying on 30-40 minute effort; you have to have a 60-minute. And if we had played like we did in the second half of the game I believe it would probably be a different story."

Chara nearly re-wrote the night's script when he pinched as the line of Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston harassed Sharks goalie Antti Niemi.

"Basically at that point with a few minutes left to play you have to follow up the play and I saw the rebound came out after a few missed opportunities to shoot it and Rolli did a really good job to win it back for me," said Chara. "Then I was actually looking for a pass and I saw that their goalie was basically on the ice. So I tried to bank it off of him and it worked.

"I was just aiming for him anywhere I could hit him."

Chara's effort was appreciated by his head coach, who counted Chara and the Kelly line's work amongst the positives he took from the contest.

"He's been leading our team very well and that Kelly line has been good for us now for a long time," said Claude Julien. "You could see they had their legs tonight, they were competing.

"We just had too many guys on the top lines that weren't pulling [their] load and made it hard for us to be at an even level with the Sharks."
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