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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 23, 2011 11:42 AM

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WILMINGTON -- Good morning from Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins are practicing for tomorrow's match against the Canadiens. No sign of the RCMP here at the Ice Box. Zdeno Chara can breathe easy for now.

"I don't know," Chara said when asked if he expected a physical response tomorrow. "We'll see."

Montreal lost at home to Buffalo last night, 2-0. Nathan Gerbe scored both goals. The Canadiens are now three points behind the third-place Bruins.

The Canadiens don't have a legit heavyweight who can challenge Chara. That might fall to Travis Moen, with Ryan White and Paul Mara secondary candidates.

"Z can take care of himself," said Milan Lucic. "If they want to go after him, good luck. I don't think he'll need my help."

Today's lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi/Michael Ryder
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Shane Hnidy-Steven Kampfer

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

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