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Bruins keep Chara and Seidenberg together at practice

May 28, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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That Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara may not be used against Sidney Crosby in the Eastern Conference finals is testament to the tremendous depth the Pittsburgh Penguins boast among their forwards

Chara is considered by many to be the best shutdown blue-liner in the game; Crosby is considered by most to be the best player in the game. Yet the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa believes the big Slovak, along with Dennis Seidenberg, will be deployed against Pittsburgh’s “power line” of Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Jarome Iginla.

Boston’s other top pairing of Johnny Boychuk and Matt Bartkowskiplus the Patrice Bergeron line up front — would then be assigned to contain Crosby, Chris Kunitz, and Pascal Dupuis.

Of course, there’s also the possibility B’s head coach Claude Julien could split up Chara and Seidenberg.

“Maybe it’s pairing, maybe it’s separating,” Julien said. “We’ll have something in mind by the time the first game comes around.”

Chara and Seidenberg were a pair Tuesday at practice.

  1. myspaceyourface - May 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Here’s How:

    • nunan - May 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      A few things: The question was how do the Bruins contain the top two lines of the Pens? How is this video an answer? It’s really just a bunch of replays that remind me how effin great the Bruins are. Love watching them play. Also, whoever makes these videos is obviously still bitter over the Bruins dominating them at some point. No other reason to spend the time making this. It’s all this guy has considering his team has been a mess since they lost in 2011. I’ll take it!

      • sportsfreak13 - May 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        I agree the video above is in no way related to the article, but it does show how the bruins are a bunch of hypocrites. Your just sad because the video above is proof that your team lies, dives, and whines. There is no denying any of that. Like John Stewart said its all on tape, and its not even hard to find. Congrats on your 2011 cup but I think more people are upset that bruins fans think they are immune to criticism more then the beatings their respected teams took 2 years ago.

      • gallyhatch - May 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        WAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! The Bruins won in 2011!!!!!!!! WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!

        Get a life already.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Haha I am not whining one bit. I am simply pointing out all the evidence that is on tape of the bruins diving, whining, and playing dirty. They deserved the cup in 2011. Congrats! Its funny you say I am whining, I am simply stating facts that are backed up by video that you cant contradict one bit. Your only retort is “Wahhhhhhh”, I guess that just means you understand it as truth and just choose to ignore it.

      • pepper2011 - May 28, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        you do realize that’s not real, right? Edited and then Edited again. Vancouver is good at video editing and bad at hockey. Jealous, YES you are.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Wait so your saying the clips of Marchand diving aren’t real? The clips of Claude saying his team is above sticking their fingers near opponents mouth and taunting, followed by his players doing just that isn’t real? Chara hitting paciorety and lucic running over miller isn’t real? Also I’m not jealous nor am I a Canucks fan. Why would I be jealous of all that kind of behavior. Think then type.

      • jpelle82 - May 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        we know the video is pieced together, jon stewart is wearing 4 different suit/ties throughout the clip and its clear he isnt talking about hockey. whether its a canucks fan or not that put it together doesnt matter. you could probably take any team in the nhl and put together a similar set of clips/edits and make a case for hypocrisy, dirtiness, diving or whatever you wanted. the finals with the canucks was probably an all time top 3 nominee for embarassing behavior by grown men in a sporting series but both teams were guilty of it. totally irrelevant to the coming series with the penguins

      • pepper2011 - May 28, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        ahahaha. Think before you type. You would be jealous cause you are not a kings fan and do NOT have a cup to celebrate. You are posting videos that were created with a person using a makavelli handle in his name; who is clearly a canucks fan (reading comprehension). I didn’t say you did it; I said a Canucks fan did it. Marchand as all Boston fans will admit; has had some growing pains. He hasn’t done any of that this year and regardless of what you would like to think; he is one of the best players (top 30 forwards) in the game. He grown up quite a bit since his salo hit. Chara’s hit was fine. The league changed the rinks thus admitting responsibility. Lucic; questionable- I still think he saw him last minute and decided to hit rather than absorb or lessen the impact. If it were my goalie I would be pissed too, but it wasn’t so… I love how EVERYONE ignores miller two handed swinging trying to hit Lucic. Lucic hit was bad if miller actually connected – just as bad if not worse. At least Lucic hit him with his body and not a stick. Pretty gutless. Out of context on the claude finger thing too. He was talking about biting and taunting and the vegetarian introductions AND THEN taunting with the fingers. It would be akin to to Bruins Crashing into the stanchion in MTL and then flopping around on the ground. or bumping into the boards and wearing a back brace. You are a joke. I have plenty to respond, but you’ll just find the same three clips of marchand and the chara/pacrioetty hit or the Lucic/miller hit and say see; they are dirty. What’s your team? I will send you 10X as many clips of questionable hits from your team… Habs I am guessing, maybe Buffalo- the only other team that hates the Bruins this much would be Philly, but they have balls and dignity so they don’t post crap like this. Rememeber two and a half years ago when Chara farted and I was offended. they are dirty…. WWAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Guess what I once again am watching relevant hockey (for the team I root for) in late may and June. That is why you are Jealous.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

        Well this awkward then because I’m a pens fan. Season ticket holder too. Haha can’t wait for this round to start. Hope you had fun with your little rant there. I’m not saying my team is perfect I’m just saying bruins are not immune to critism. Please don’t blow your gasket before this series even gets started. I was trolling and it looks like I hooked a big one. Thanks for the laughs buddy.

      • pepper2011 - May 28, 2013 at 4:38 PM

        ha ha. Never said anything about immunity. Never claimed they were innocent. Find it funny that a Pens fan has the audacity to call out any team. You have the most hypocrytical owner in the history of the league. “blah, blah, blah, if the league is like this… whine…” Um you put an “A” on matt cooke’s jersey. your entire team throughout sir Mario’s playing career had a bunch of goons. too lazy to look up right now, but one of his teams had over 10 guys with 100+pim. Damn. and that was the time when clutching and grabbing wasn’t called. Damn.

        Hmmm. should i make a video of Pens incidents over the last 3 years and post mario crying?

        it’ll be a good series. Pens fans are too cocky right now… reminds me of Vancouver, but they had two good goalies, not two bad goalies with one playing ok. You do realize you won’t score 6 & 7 goals a game vs. the B’s, right?

        A pens fan trolling? No way. ahahaha. at least you admit you are lame. I am proud of your season tickets too. I had a hatrick in Pee Wee’s once.

      • sportsfreak13 - May 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        hahaha o man your the best. First off matt cooke never had a A on his jersey, not sure where you got that info from. Second off when Mario was playing he had guys like jagr (you know him right), francis, kovlaev, coffey, trottier, errey, straka, stevens (is he the goon your reffering too?). Our owner isn’t the one who had to hold a press conference to whine about a player he didn’t get via trade. The fact that you bring up goaltending after rask let that 2 mph trickling shot against the rangers by falling over his own skates is hilarious. Im not cocky I am confident. We beat you 3 times without having malkin for you d-men to match up against. Again thanks for the laughs pepper.

      • nunan - May 28, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        The clips of the Bruins are real. But any free thinker should know that a video made ABOUT the team is obviously going to make that team look bad. Truth is, the Bruins pull this BS less than any team bc they publicly get called out if they do. Make a video like that for the Pens, San Jose, Vancouver, etc and guaranteed people who cant think for themselves will be like ‘wow, that team is so dirty and they dive all over the ice’. The fact that this video came from a Canucks fan should say all you need to know. Every team has their moments…the Canucks more than anyone…in the end, they’re the only ones that lose bc they can’t hang with the big boys when it counts..hence their continued playoff exits and inability to play in big moments. Their strategy doesnt work and now look at them…they have to re-evaluate their entire organizational approach. The Habs are in the same boat. Play honest, hard hockey and you actually compete.

      • darthraider520 - May 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        You speak like the Bruins are the only team that does this. How many other teams’ coaches say one thing, then the players go out and do another. GTFO, it’s just been highlighted by a hack comedian “journalist” who says whatever gets him ratings or whatever the trend may be. Boston sports has always been pointed out as lesser thens by lesser thens.

    • onearmdragon - May 28, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      You must b a Bruins fan too! I love when someone reminds me of the 2011 Stanley Cup Championship!

      Boston Bruins 2011 Cup winners! Please continue to post this clip for decades!

    • ironyisadeadscene - May 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Here’s how what? I didn’t watch the whole video or any of the video but did they address the defensive pairings for this series?

    • hockeyjersey2013 - May 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      fighting bruins
      nhl jerseys just 45$ from

  2. 8man - May 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Way too early for me to get turned in and out about this. This series may not start until the weekend and then it could be another two weeks before we have a winner. And then it could one of those series that has the dreaded lead change. You know, the Pens go up 2-1 and then the Bs go up 3-2 and then a game 7…

    One day at a time. One shift at a time. Go Bs!

  3. nostredummass - May 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Hilarious! Some disgruntled Canuck fan posts this bogus video 2 years ago…after losing, rioting and trashing his city (apparently a Canadian tradition…Habs fans rip up St Catherine’s street even if they win)
    And folks are still putting this hatchet job up pretending Jon Stewart EVER commented on the Bruins….point to it as some kind of proof of something.
    Ultimately the joke’s on ANYONE dumb enough to think this thing was ever real. Go Bruins!

  4. nostredummass - May 28, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    As far as diving is concerned…Julien’s “statement of principle” means that the Bruins actively discourage diving, cheating, biting etc. It doesn’t mean they’re perfect (thx for the compliment) Their veterans don’t like it, and when Marchand tried pulling that garbage it was Recchi that set him straight in no uncertain terms. It IS actually a compliment to a Bruins team that draws the least amount of penalties in the league (read:the least amount of diving…yes I mean YOU Habs) that someone felt the need to scour HOURS of video to find examples of the few times it DID happen. The biting was in direct response to Burroughs biting Bergeron.
    Having watched every game the Bruins have played the last few years, I can say with pride that the Bruins play with honour and passion, and loyalty to each other and their team. It’s what draws so many non-Bostonians (like me) to their club. That and the fact that they’re a TEAM…rather than a bunch of egomaniacs with a common goal. I hope the Bruins can get this band of hyenas’ backs to the wall and we’ll see what kind of character they have.

  5. Steeley McBeam - May 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Way to stick to the topic guys…

    Anyways, Chara is the best poke-checking defensemen in the league IMO and Sid is the hardest player to get the puck away from. Not sure why they wouldnt match Chara up with Crosby every time they get the chance.

    Granted, 18-71-12 is actually the better line as a whole, how great is it to call the second line the “power line” when the first line contains the best player in the world?

    Cant wait!!

  6. hazlydose - May 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I think this is less about matching up Chara/Seidenberg with the Malkin line and more about getting those two away from Kunitz and Dupuis. Duper and Kunitz are the pens best forecheckers in the top six and will put a hurting on a banged up Seidenberg. Dupuis seems to have Chara’s number and hurls himself at him with no regard for his own body. Julien is afraid those two won’t hold up over the series. Neal and Iginla may be bigger but are far less punishing on the forecheck.

    • homelanddefense - May 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      There are plenty of teams that target Chara and hit him whenever he touches the puck, Ive never seen him “not hold up”. Seidenberg is a different story, he looked slow in game 5 and the Rangers were t ing off on him

  7. pastabelly - May 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Seidenberg now has a week off to get ready for Saturday. This should not be an issue.

    Funny video, but taking out isolated plays over a three year period proves nothing. If it’s a Vancouver sourced video, you only have to look at the Burrows biting, the Rome dirty concussion causing blindside to show who the dirty team was in that series. Here’s a hint. That team was outscored 23-8 in the Finals. Yup, that’s 8 goals in 7 games. That team has now lost 10 straight playoff games. Claude is a class act. The Bruins play a rough brand of hockey, but generally very clean, Marchand notwithstanding.

  8. darthraider520 - May 28, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    What the absolute f*** do you expect them to say? “Oh yeah, we play dirty. What of it?” Give me a break. So many of you forget the PC bs that is expected these days. Dirty, maybe. I’ll stick with old school style of play. Chara definitely plays dirty though, I will admit that. I like it, in an age when so many other sports are being turned into child’s play let us have hockey be unscathed by scared moms.

  9. scalfor3 - May 29, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Makes sense to me. Malkin is an absolute moose against most NHL players, but Chara is one of the only guys in the league that can negate that size advantage.

    One aspect of this series that hasn’t been discussed enough is whether the Bruins physical, agitating style can get into Pittsburgh’s head. Pens unraveled last year when Philly got rough with them. We’ll see if they learned their lesson.

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