Chara: Solid performance defensively

Bruins captain and all-star defenseman Zdeno Chara makes a heckuva tandem with Dennis Seidenberg. The two disrupted Tampa Bay’s flow in Game 7, not allowing the Lightning to transition well on the ice and limiting chances on goalie Tim Thomas. It was an all-around effort that was extremely satisfying for the Bruins’ usually soft-spoken star.

“I thought that we played a solid 60-minute game, especially defensively,” Chara said. “We tried to be really solid, really strong and coming from that … as you saw it took one play and one goal to win the Game 7. And that just gives you the characteristic of this team, that we are able to … capable of playing these close, tight games.”

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Every push the Lightning made, Chara and Seidenberg — logging more than 46 minutes of ice time between them — pushed back. The Lightning ended up with only 24 shots on goal, something Chara called a team-wide effort on defense to bring the intensity on every shift.

“Once we had that, that’s when you know that everybody’s buying into it,” he said. “Everybody’s willing to sacrifice and do whatever it takes for the win. And tonight was just a great example.”