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Chara Honored at TD Garden for His 1,000th Game

Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 11:17 PM ET / Features
By Anthony Gulizia  - BostonBruins.com
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Chara Honored at TD Garden for His 1,000th Game
BOSTON, MA – Before the puck drop for Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a special ceremony was held to commemorate Boston Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara on playing his 1,000th career game Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings.

With the lights dimmed, a video that featured highlights of Chara's career, as well as comments from Bruins legend John "Chief" Bucyk, Head Coach Claude Julien, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron played on GardenHDX - the arena's central center ice scoreboard.

NESN color-commentator Andy Brickley facilitated the ceremony, while Chara – accompanied by his wife Tatiana and daughter Elliz Victoria – received flowers from alternate captains Bergeron, Ference and Chris Kelly.

The Bruins veteran defenseman also received a silver Tiffany's crystal, a silver replica of his stick from Cam Neely and a vacation package to stay at a hotel anywhere in the world from his teammates.

"It’s obviously very nice to get that recognition and ceremony," Chara said after the B's 5-2 win. "I very much appreciate it. It’s very nice from the NHL, the Boston Bruins organization, from my teammates and everybody that supported me."

To conclude the ceremony, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli unveiled and presented a portrait of the defenseman, painted by sports artist Tony Harris, to Chara.

"On behalf of the Boston Bruins and the Jacobs family, Zee, Tatiana and Elliz, we wanted to congratulate you on this great achievement," Chiarelli said. "One thousand games is an impressive milestone."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
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J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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