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Bruins' Zdeno Chara fined $5K for cross-check to Brendan Gallagher's face

Bruins' Zdeno Chara fined $5K for cross-check to Brendan Gallagher's face

The Bruins and Canadiens rivalry got back to a chippy level of play Wednesday night in Boston’s 4-1 win over the Habs, and now they’ve got the supplementary discipline to show for it.

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was slapped with the rare fine from the NHL Department of Player Safety for his cross-check to the face of 5-foot-9 Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher during an exchange between the two players in the second period. Chara was fined the maximum amount of $5,000 under terms of the collective bargaining agreement after both he and Gallagher were hit with matching penalties during the game. Gallagher went to the box for roughing and Chara for the cross-check in question.

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It was a notable exchange, to say the least, as Gallagher most definitely got the worst of it after catching a Chara stick to the chops, and the Bruins captain followed by mocking the Montreal forward for embellishing by snapping his head back. Replays of the exchange seemed to confirm that it most definitely wasn’t any kind of embellishment by the scrappy Gallagher.  

The fine is also notable for the 42-year-old Bruins captain as he’s been able to largely avoid discipline since joining the Bruins, including no fine or suspension for his 2011 hit on then-Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. The lone other piece of discipline for Chara was a one-game suspension all the way back in 2005 while with the Ottawa Senators for fighting LA Kings defenseman Tim Gleason in the final minutes of a game -- an amazing record of clean play over 20-plus years while playing an extremely physical style of play as the premier shutdown defenseman of his generation.

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Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins' fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins' fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric. 

 

 

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

It appears the Boston Bruins could've received a lot more for Joe Thornton when they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks in 2005, at least according to Brian Burke. 

During a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday Burke, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks at the time Thornton was traded, revealed he was rather frustrated he couldn't pry the future Hall of Famer from Mike O'Connell's clutches. 

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As for what he would've given up for Thornton -- this one may frustrate B's fans. 

O'Connell ended up dealing Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. The move cleared cap space for the Bruins to later sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, among others, but could what they have received from Anaheim been better?

If the Bruins ended up receiving Anaheim's 2006 first-round draft pick (19th overall), they could've drafted anyone from Claude Giroux who went 22nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers to Nick Foligno who was drafted 28th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Now, if the first-round pick Burke was willing to give up was indeed a 2006 pick, then the Bruins who drafted Phil Kessel fifth overall that year could've potentially added two stars for the price of one. 

Thinking about that situation alone should make Bruins' fans cringe, but there's more.

Burke noted he would've given up the player who O'Connell ranked as sixth-best on the Ducks roster as well as a prospect. Looking back at that now, the sixth player could've been anyone from Francois Beauchemin to Joffrey Lupul and a prospect could've been the likes of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, according to WEEI's Matt Kalman. 

The sixth-best player makes you shake your head because Beauchemin and/or Lupul weren't the greatest, but the first-round pick and possibility of adding Getzlaf or Perry would've been huge for the Bruins. 

If this deal was done in 2020, you'd have to wonder if Don Sweeney would've accepted Burke's offer.