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Kessel, Chara on Tap Tonight

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
It’s a somewhat busy day for Bruins fans, although the action does not begin until much later.

Tonight at 7:30 (Versus) Phil Kessel will take part in the YoungStars game and the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reports that Zdeno Chara will participate in the hardest shot contest during the Super Skills competition. provides the rosters for the YoungStars:


Kari Lehtonen, Atlanta Thrashers
* Mike Green, Washington Capitals
Paul Ranger, Tampa Bay Lightning
Andrej Meszaros, Ottawa Senators
Ryan Whitney, Pittsburgh Penguins
Patrick Eaves, Ottawa Senators
* Phil Kessel, Boston Bruins
* Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Zach Parise, New Jersey Devils
* Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Steen, Toronto Maple Leafs
Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
* rookie


Peter Budaj, Colorado Avalanche
* Matt Carle, San Jose Sharks
Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
* Ladislav Smid, Edmonton Oilers
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
Jussi Jokinen, Dallas Stars
* Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
* Alexander Radulov, Nashville Predators
Lee Stempniak, St. Louis Blues
* Wojtek Wolski, Colorado Avalanche
* rookie

Big Z spoke to the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy about his roll and his methodology at the All-Star game:

So what’s a guy like the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Zdeno Chara to do with the skill set that has made him an All-Star?

Well, basically, he sits back and enjoys the show.

“It’s a little bit different, obviously,” Chara said with a grin yesterday. “We’re here to entertain and have a good time and play a fun game. Hopefully the fans can enjoy it and see as many goals as possible and have fun at the skill competition. This is not a game where you can show that ‘OK, I’m the guy who can hit the hardest.’ You just play the game, have fun and get a good sweat in.

“And the most important thing is to not get hurt or get anybody else hurt. I’m not going to be banging anybody around.”

But the defenseman will have a chance to get his competitive juices flowing tonight in the skills competition at the American Airlines Center in the hardest shot competition. In his only other All-Star appearance in 2003, Chara finished second in the competition to Al MacInnis, who won the contest seven times during his career.

“The most important thing here is to have fun,” Chara said. “But there is a little bit of competitiveness. You want to push yourself there.”

Chara’s competition comes from Montreal’s Sheldon Souray, Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester and Buffalo’s Brian Campbell.

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