Usually the Bruins count on Zdeno Chara to play with physicality and shut down the opponent’s best scorers.
Sometimes that even involves sending a player or two sprawling to the ice over the course of a game.
Prior to their 2-0 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals last night at TD Garden, Chara victimized his own team with some unwanted body contact.

After the team went through its line drills, Chara was heading toward the blue line when he fell into a slide and took out Milan Lucic, who went down like a shortstop trying to turn the double play against Pete Rose.
Chara, however, didn’t look any worse for wear during his team-high 25:47 of ice time, as he notched an assist and three hits, and again kept Jonathan Toews off the scoresheet for the third straight game.
“I just lost an edge,” Chara said of his collision with Lucic.
Chara was then asked if he needed stitches.
“Ask me about the game,” he replied.
OK, so in the game he left the ice early in the first period and didn’t return from the dressing room for a couple of minutes.
“I’m not going to comment on that,” Chara said.
The Bruins captain was as tight with information as he was with the Blackhawks offense, playing in front of a 28-save shutout by Tuukka Rask.
Lucic wasn’t available to comment after the game, but coach Claude Julien offered a mini-update on Chara’s health.
“I found out just before,” Julien said. “All he did is he slipped, had a little gash over his eye. I haven’t even seen it. Just by slipping, he got hit just above the eye. Nothing serious.”