Although he only managed to score a single goal and achieve one assist during the 2007-2008 NHL playoffs, Zdeno Chara will be able to shine a ray of light on the city as the offseason begins in Boston.
Chara, with 17 goals and 34 Assists during the 2007-2008 season was recently named as a contender of the James Norris Memorial Trophy given to the defensive player who demonstrates a rounded playing ability throughout the season.
Showing this type of ability, Chara participated in 77 of the team's games and contributed 207 shots on goal. Although his shooting percentage was only 8.2 and his penalty minutes topped the charts with 114, he managed to contribute towards the playoff run this year along with LW Marco Sturm, RW Chuck Kobasew, and C Philip Kessel, each contributing a higher number of goals for the team.
Boston, finishing 8th in the Eastern Conference and 15th in the league allowed them to be placed as the 8th seed among the other Eastern Conference teams including number one seed Montreal, their first round match-up.
Montreal led the series 3-1 after four games, but Boston wasn't going quietly. The Bruins were able to win the next two games behind great production from their lines.
Unfortunately, game seven was a Canadien night, with Montreal finishing the bruins off after what looked like a possible miracle comeback.
With players like Chara, Sturm, Kobasew, Kessel, and Savard the Bruins have shown that they can truly achieve a higher level and with the possibility of Chara recieving the Norris Trophy, they have more positives to look forward to that don't include being the laughing stock of the Eastern Conference