One thing a captain does is stand up for his teammates, under any and all circumstances. When Boris Valabik tried to intimidate Phil Kessel  in front of the Thrashers net in the second period Saturday night, Zdeno Chara  came in like a raging bull and made sure that his countryman knew that wasn’t acceptable.
“It’s the number one thing to be playing as a team and stick up for each other,” Chara explained . “That’s one of the main things on this team, to stick up for each other.”
Kessel certainly appreciated it.
“I just think it says a lot about him, coming to my defense like that,” Kessel said . “He’s a great captain, a great guy and shows what type of team guy he really is.”
Chara may have taken 17 minutes in penalties, but coach Claude Julien  didn’t just give Chara a pass, he applauded the message he delivered.
‘It was the right thing to do. It was for the right reasons,” Julien said.
“That was good by Z,” added David Krejci , who aided the Bruins cause with three assists on the night. “I was actually pretty surprised because Valabik, I’m pretty sure they know each other from Slovakia. It was nice to see Z stick up for Phil.”
That’s what happens when your team is 21-5-4, winners of 11 straight on home ice.