Zdeno Chara shines as net-front power play man

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Zdeno Chara, the biggest man in the NHL, is now the down-low behemoth on the Bruins’ No. 1 power-play unit. On four power plays, Chara staked his claim to the ice in front of Jimmy Howard. The goalie had less breathing room than inside a typical Allston apartment.

The power play went 2 for 4 – Chara screened Howard on Torey Krug’s goal in the first, and beat the goalie with a backhander in the third – to lead the Bruins to a 4-1 win.

“It’s not easy when there’s somebody who’s [6 feet 9 inches] standing in front of you,” Howard said. “It’s something you’ve got to figure out and find a way to try and find the puck. It’s extremely difficult with him in front.”

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