WASHINGTON, DC --
Before Monday's game, B's captain Zdeno Chara
was looking for Boston to make a few small adjustments, work a little harder and be more creative.
When those things didn't work, the big defensemen took things into his own hands.
"Yeah, I mean, it’s not a secret," said Chara. "It’s basically what everybody tries to do especially in the playoffs.
"Just put as many shots in the net as possible and usually good things happen. We got a few bounces and that’s obviously a part of playoffs."
Chara's game-winning third period goal fit that bill perfectly.
"I just tried to put it on the net and keep it low," he said of the shot that gave his Bruins a 4-3 lead with 1:53 to play. "I think it was deflected off of one of their player’s stick and went in."
The low flying rocket beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and gave Boston a 2-1 series lead going into Game 3.
"It was a great team effort everybody battled hard," said Chara, who had a goal and two assists for his ninth career multiple-point playoff game. "It was a very big game for us.
"We wanted to have, obviously, a good game, a winning game, and that’s what we accomplished.
"That’s just the grind, [Washington is] just one of those teams that won’t go away, they play hard, so, we just got to keep working hard and keep battling."
Bruins players, even 6-foot-9, 255-pound Chara, paid a physical price. An uncalled high stick from the Caps Matt Hendricks had the B's big defenseman in pain earlier in the third.
"It’s part of the game," said Chara. "You know referees they try to make calls and obviously it’s something that they probably missed but it’s going to happen. So, there’s no complaints.
"It just got me on, kind of, the right spot and was kind of shaken a little bit, but it’s going to happen."
It's all part of the ups-and-downs of the playoffs; hard lessons the B's learned well during their successful 2012 Stanley Cup run.
"You can see that, obviously, in our history. You've just got to put it behind you and look forward at the next shift," said Chara. "Go forward and focus on the next shift."
Now, the focus shifts to Thursday's pivotal Game 4, but the B's efforts last night had their captain feeling much better about his club's chances.
"I thought as the game went on we were skating better and better," said Chara. "We were making actually better plays.
"It was a close game so, just happy to be on a winning side."