As of yesterday, Zdeno Chara was fifth among NHL defensemen in scoring. The Bruin captain's 5-13-18 line equaled the output of Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Nashville's Shea Weber, his two fellow finalists for the Norris Trophy last season.

"My job is always to shut down top lines every game - that's the No. 1 job to me,'' Chara said. "Anything above that, it's a plus. Any time I can help the team offensively and contribute at the other side of the ice, it's a big plus.''

Had Chara continued to flicker offensively as he did at the start of the season, he might not have hit 18 points by the All-Star break. After six games, he had submitted a 0-0-0 line. Perhaps appropriately, the Bruins were 2-4-0.