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Zdeno Chara can’t wait to defend Alex Ovechkin

Zdeno Chara, Alex Ovechkin

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, and Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, grapple for position in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, March 29, 2012. The Capitals won 3-2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)


In the Boston-Washington first round series, there’s no shortage of intrigue but perhaps the most compelling match-up within the series is how Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will try and handle Capitals big gun Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin comes into the playoffs off a season that saw him come alive in the final month and finishing with 38 goals on the season. Chara, in all likelihood, will be a Norris Trophy finalist as best defenseman once again and he tells Joe Haggerty of he can’t wait to line up against Ovechkin.

“It’s something that motivates me,” said Chara. “It’s something that . . . I enjoy competing against the best players. Obviously they have a few great players on their team. Sometimes the matchups are hard to get, especially on the road. But when you do get them, you want to make the best of them. Overall, I love to compete, I love to work hard against whoever I’m playing against.”

Chara will likely team up with Dennis Seidenberg on defense, a pairing that was superb at shutting teams down during last year’s Stanley Cup run. With Nicklas Backstrom back for Washington as well as Alexander Semin, the Bruins have their share of guys to try and wrangle. Dealing with a motivated Chara sounds just a bit intimidating though. Thankfully we’re just jerks on a keyboard around here.