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Chara Earns 40th Assist in 2-1 Win

Bruins captain named NHL 2nd Star of the Week

Monday, 04.2.2012 / 1:06 PM ET / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Chara Earns 40th Assist in 2-1 Win
BostonBruins.comZdeno Chara notched his 40th assist of the season during Sunday night's 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers and capped off the week by being named the NHL's 2nd Star.


"Well, it’s nice to win the division, it’s sort of a nice accomplishment," said Chara postgame. "Obviously, we want to be at the best in our division, so it’s a nice feeling but at the same time we still want to finish strong and get ready for the playoffs."

Chara tied for the NHL's weekly lead with seven assists as the Bruins (47-28-4, 98 points) earned seven out of eight points to clinch their third Northeast Division title in the last four seasons and the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins captain earned three helpers in a 5-2 victory against the Lightning March 27, added another in a 3-2 shootout loss versus the Capitals March 29, and notched two assists in a 6-3 win over the New York Islanders March 31 on Saturday in addition to his work versus the Rangers on Sunday. 



"It’s a potential [playoff] matchup, you never know who you’re going to end up playing down the road," said Chara of the B's important win over New York. "It was a very close game, a lot of battles, a lot of physical plays and it was a close game.

"It came down to scoring the extra goal, so it was nice we got the win – especially on the road.

"Now, we’re going to have two home games, and one on the road for the rest of the regular season," he said.

Chara has already established career highs in points (52) and assists, but could add to those numbers as the B's close out their regular season schedule.

"Yeah, I mean you don’t change anything," said Chara. "You still play hard, you still compete. You don’t let up because you clinched second place and I think it’s important we approach the rest of the games the same way."

"It came down to scoring the extra goal, so it was nice we got the win – especially on the road.

"Now, we’re going to have two home games, and one on the road for the rest of the regular season," he said.

Chara has already established career highs in points (52) and assists, but could add to those numbers as the B's close out their regular season schedule.

"Yeah, I mean you don’t change anything," said Chara. "You still play hard, you still compete. You don’t let up because you clinched second place and I think it’s important we approach the rest of the games the same way."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
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