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Zdeno Chara vs. Captain America? Brad Marchand proposes "super" fight

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Zdeno Chara vs. Captain America? Brad Marchand proposes "super" fight

Zdeno Chara can't be bothered by mere mortals.

The Boston Bruins defenseman pummeled another poor soul Tuesday night, handling New York Islanders forward Matt Martin in an entertaining but brief fight.

After the game, Chara's punching prowess drew a reaction from Brad Marchand ... and got the winger thinking.

Back in February, Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk aptly compared the 6-foot-9 Chara to Thanos, the massive super-villain who appears in Marvel's "Avengers" movies.

So, why not square Thanos up with Chris Evans, the actor who plays Captain America?

TSN tried to get in on the action by swapping Evans out for Brie Larson, who plays Captain Marvel in the film of the same name released earlier this month. But Marchand stuck to his guns ...

... Before getting a little distracted.

In any case, we like Chara's chances against the 6-foot Evans, superpowers and all. As for Marchand? At least he has a cameo in our "Avengers: Endgame" trailer.

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Breakfast Pod: Bruins prep for Blues: Marcus Smart named NBA 1st-team All-Defense for the first time

Breakfast Pod: Bruins prep for Blues: Marcus Smart named NBA 1st-team All-Defense for the first time

The Bruins can now focus on their Stanley Cup Final opponent, the Blues; Marcus Smart gets a long-awaited defensive honor.

1:36: Tom Giles, DJ Bean, and Joe Haggerty, talk about the upcoming Stanley Cup Final for the Bruins against the St. Louis Blues. After a rollercoaster season for the Blues, who is the favorite to win the Cup? And with two impressive goalies in Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington, which one will have the biggest impact on the series?

7:45: Danielle Trotta, Tom Giles, Michael Holley and John Tomase discuss some impressive stats for Boston sports teams. Since 2001 the Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins have 18 championship appearances, how does the city sustain success?

12:19: Tom Giles, Danielle Trotta and DJ Bean react to Marcus Smart being named to The NBA All-Defense first team for the first time. How does his defensive value impact the Celtics, and what could that mean for his role moving forward? 

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Bruce Cassidy appreciates the history of Bruins vs. Blues in Cup Final

Bruce Cassidy appreciates the history of Bruins vs. Blues in Cup Final

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Bruce Cassidy was an unabashed Bobby Orr fan boy as a kid growing up on the outskirts of Ottawa.

The Bruins head coach had an Ottawa Citizen newspaper clipping of Orr flying through the air after securing the Stanley Cup against the St. Louis Blues way back in 1970, so he pretty readily has an appreciation of the Stanley Cup Final history between the Bruins and the Blues. He also had a few other items on his wall as a young Bruins fan and hockey player who had no idea he’d someday himself be leading the Black and Gold to the Cup Final vs. the Blues.

“It was the Ottawa Citizen. I used to deliver that paper as a kid and I cut [the flying Orr photo] out and had it up on my wall. By the time I took it down I’m guessing it was yellow,” said Bruce Cassidy, of the most iconic photo in NHL history, and certainly in the history of the Boston Bruins. “Isn’t that what the newspaper color goes? I had the hockey card too when he had all the trophies behind him. I think it was four or five of them. That was what was on my wall. Maybe there was a Farrah Fawcett poster too.”

All kidding aside, Cassidy has said many times over the last three seasons that he grew up a massive Boston Bruins fan, and No. 4 was his favorite player. Orr’s revolutionary hockey career with the B’s certainly factored into Cassidy picking defenseman as his position in hockey and the fast-skating, creative way that he approached the game both as a player, and now as an NHL head coach.

Cassidy has tried to pass some of the hockey history lesson down to his current players with plenty of challenges along the way.

“I don’t think players appreciate it [now] like we did growing up. I’m not being disrespectful, but I just think they have a lot of other outlets they go to in their down time,” said Cassidy. “People of my generation, we played out in the street a little more, ball hockey and maybe watched a little more sports on TV because we didn’t have many video games and whatnot. But I hope they do [appreciate the history]. It would be a bigger loss if they don’t. We try to talk about them with it sometimes, the history, legacies and etc. But it’s always up to the individual.”

The legendary Orr has already served as an honorary flag bearer in the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes, so it remains to be seen how the Bruins could involve the living legend in a Stanley Cup Final rematch with St. Louis. It’s been almost 49 years to the day when Orr went flying through the air to secure Boston’s Stanley Cup, but it will be a highlight we’ll see over and over in the next couple of weeks no matter what happens with the current group of B’s and Blues players.

That’s something most Bruins fans will never get tired of, and you can count the B’s bench boss among those looking forward to seeing flying Orr over and over again now that the Bruins and Blues are again exchanging Stanley Cup pleasantries.  

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