Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara received a rather unusual standing ovation from Montreal Canadiens' fans Tuesday night.
Chara, playing in his 1,500th NHL game, probably wasn't expecting such a gesture from the Habs' crowd -- but they certainly recognized the big man's accomplishment.
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The 42-year-old has been part of the Bruins-Canadiens rivlary since he joined Boston in 2006, and has been with the team through plenty of ups-and-downs over the span of the heated rivalry. Including the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series which saw the Canadiens eliminated off a Nathan Horton overtime goal in Game 7.
The big man also was booed earlier that year by Montreal fans after obliterating Max Pacioretty into the boards and injuring the Canadiens forward. Following the hit, Canadiens' fans actually wanted Chara arrested, and continuously called the Montreal police department demanding the B's defenseman be locked up for the "criminal"-like hit.
So, as you can clearly tell, the standing ovation was a bit uncharacteristic of Montreal fans -- at least they recognized what an accomplishment it truly is to reach 1,500 games played. Very classy.
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