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Zdeno Chara can’t wait to defend Alex Ovechkin

Apr 10, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

Zdeno Chara, Alex Ovechkin AP

In the Boston-Washington first round series, there’s no shortage of intrigue but perhaps the most compelling match-up within the series is how Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will try and handle Capitals big gun Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin comes into the playoffs off a season that saw him come alive in the final month and finishing with 38 goals on the season. Chara, in all likelihood, will be a Norris Trophy finalist as best defenseman once again and he tells Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com he can’t wait to line up against Ovechkin.

“It’s something that motivates me,” said Chara. “It’s something that . . . I enjoy competing against the best players. Obviously they have a few great players on their team. Sometimes the matchups are hard to get, especially on the road. But when you do get them, you want to make the best of them. Overall, I love to compete, I love to work hard against whoever I’m playing against.”

Chara will likely team up with Dennis Seidenberg on defense, a pairing that was superb at shutting teams down during last year’s Stanley Cup run. With Nicklas Backstrom back for Washington as well as Alexander Semin, the Bruins have their share of guys to try and wrangle. Dealing with a motivated Chara sounds just a bit intimidating though. Thankfully we’re just jerks on a keyboard around here.

  1. jumbossportsblog - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

    • govtminion - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

      Dude, knock it off.

    • miketoasty - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      It’s funny how the title of your website is “My take on the world of sports” yet all you do is re-blog other peoples stuff.

      • cableguymike - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        Jumbo no likely doing his own work.

  2. homelanddefense - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    the best players always look forward to playing the best players. If he didnt say that I would wonder about his psyche.

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    What else do want him to say? Chara is one of the best D-men in the league. All top-tier players want to face the best. That helps their legacy.

  4. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    2 Euros banging heads. Yawn!!

    • govtminion - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

      Aha, Mr. Cherry, good to see you’ve discovered the internet!

      • cableguymike - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:38 AM

        Player exit interviews are way more interesting right…? *cough*

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        Like I said, 2 Euros banging heads!

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