At 28:09 of ice time in Game 1, Chara was everywhere, including the power play and the penalty kill.
He and the Bruins kept the Canucks power play completely at bay, and he broke up the Sedin’s cycle and played the front of the net on the Bruins power play.
But despite their zero-conversion rate with the extra man, the Canucks power play looked dangerous and overdue. The Sedin’s and Burrows combined for 10 shots and had plenty of room to wheel and deal, and Chara looked like a larger version of the Tin Man—awkward and lost—when he was in front of Luongo on the Boston power play.
He also got pounded by fore-checkers. Like a fly on a rhino, yes, but clearly part of the Vancouver game-plan is to not shy away from taking the body, even when it is one as large and as terrifying as Zdeno Chara’s.
What it means: Chara is a jack-of-all-trades workhorse, and he proved it in Game 1. But for all his effort and all his ice time, he only disrupted and annoyed the Sedins' game (like a fly on a rhino), and hung on through Canucks power plays while wholly ineffectual on the Bruins power play.
If Game 1 is his high-water mark, the rest of his series will evolve much like Shea Weber’s did in Round 2—from solid and punishing to tired, dizzy, slow, and beaten.