Leave Chara alone in front, Luongo says

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:51 PM ET

VANCOUVER - If 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara wants to park his rather large butt in front of Roberto Luongo's face, the Vancouver Canucks goaltender has a simple game plan to offset that.

Don't wake the sleeping giant.

"Myself, I prefer to leave him by himself. That way it will be easier for me to pick up the puck," Luongo said Monday.

In the past, Luongo has been rattled when big bodies like Dustin Byfuglien planted roots on his doorstep. But, according to Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, Luongo changed his style this year, playing deeper in his net instead of jostling with opposing forwards for position.

Besides, it's not like anyone can physically remove Chara from the edge of the crease, a spot the Bruins captain has recently found himself during power plays.

"I think the key is not to get into battles in front of the net with him as far as our d-men are concerned," Luongo said. "Having one of our d-men try to move him, I don't know if we have anyone strong enough to do that."

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