Chara, Bruins face big challenge

Slowing Sidney Crosby, and teammate Evgeni Malkin for that matter, will be a tall order indeed for...

Slowing Sidney Crosby, and teammate Evgeni Malkin for that matter, will be a tall order indeed for Zdeno Chara (right) and the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final, which begins tonight. (Getty)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 PM ET

PITTSBURGH - For the Boston Bruins to advance to the Stanley Cup final for the second time in three years, they’re going to have to contain “probably the best players in the game.”

Those were the words of Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on Friday afternoon when the topic of Pittsburgh Penguins superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin arose.

Jarome Iginla’s almost-trade to the Bruins from the Calgary Flames a couple of months ago makes for a good story. The same goes for the emergence of a trio of young Bruins defencemen — Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton — which has not wilted when called upon as other Bruins veterans have suffered injuries in the first two rounds of the 2013 playoffs. And there’s Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun, who seamlessly took over from a struggling Marc-Andre Fleury in the opening round.

 


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