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Chara gets mobbed with hugs by teammates after first goal with Capitals

Defenseman scores on rocket from point to the delight of his team's bench

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Chara scores first with Capitals

NYI@WSH: Chara blasts heavy slap shot into the net

Zdeno Chara winds up and cranks a slap shot that finds twine, recording his first goal with the Capitals

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Sure, they are all big goals when you are 6-foot-9, but Zdeno Chara's first score as a member of the Washington Capitals was extra special to his new teammates.

Chara fired a puck from the left point past New York Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov to give the Capitals a 5-3 lead in the second period and then the celebration was on.

Chara was right at the Capitals bench after firing his shot and the team made the most of it, swallowing the big defenseman in hugs.

The Capitals social media team was also fired up for the goal.

Tweet from @Capitals: yes pic.twitter.com/dHbdmtLt8m

For Chara's efforts, he received one of coach Peter Laviolette's "Cobra Kai" headbands after the game, along with forward Connor Sheary.

Tweet from @Capitals: Masters of karate and friendship for everyone#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/BHix66etFJ

It's easy to see that the Capitals are very happy to have "Big Z."

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