TAMPA, Fla. -- After watching his team allow 10 goals in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and seeing Lightning superstars Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis combine for six points in Game 2, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took it upon himself to shut down Tampa Bay's dynamic duo in Game 3.
Chara played a game-high 28:27 and kept Lecavalier and St. Louis off the scoresheet in the Bruins' 2-0 win that gave them a 2-1 series lead.
“I like challenges like that and it’s always been a big part of my game,” Chara said. “My No. 1 game is to be playing well defensively and the other parts of my game will find a place.”
When facing players like Lecavalier and St. Louis, Chara said the key is to minimize space and time.
“Try to take away space and time from any of those guys as much as possible,” Chara said. “You have to be always aware of them being on the ice because they’ve been playing with each other for a number of years and know where each other are going to be on the ice. You have to always be looking around and really be on top of your game mentally.”
Chara thought the Bruins as a whole played well defensively and did a great job of reverting to their defensive style after some sketchy play in Games 1 and 2.
“I thought that we really focused on our game and the things we should do to be able to use the things that we want to be able to accomplish,” Chara said. “It seems that every time -- besides a couple of breakdowns because they’re going to make plays too -- that it seems like we had everybody on the same page doing the things we want to do.”