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In fitting tribute, Chara was an army of one

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As the previous steward of the Army Rangers jacket, the piece of clothing given to the most deserving player after each win, it was Patrice Bergeron’s duty to name its next wearer.

In the dressing room following the 3-2 overtime win in Game 1, Bergeron handed the jacket to his captain. Without Zdeno Chara’s 65-inch stick, Bergeron and Brad Marchand might not have gone off to the races for the winning goal.

Moments earlier, the Rangers were threatening. Derick Brassard was stickhandling with speed down the right wing. Brassard spotted Rick Nash locked and loaded across the ice.

But with a flick of his stick, Chara swatted Brassard’s pass aside. Marchand fished the puck off the wall, pushed it up to Bergeron, and put himself in position for the return pass.

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