The Bruins appear to have re-discovered their mojo and they can thank their captain, Zdeno Chara , in large part for it. After dropping two straight to Buffalo and Minnesota, the Bruins stood 1-2 on their season-long six-game homestand. But then they rebounded to win an uneven 6-4 decision against Ottawa. They put together a dominant effort in a 5-1 win over Carolina and capped it off with a 3-1 win in a playoff-like atmosphere Tuesday night at the Garden against the Canadiens.
With Marco Sturm  likely gone for the season with ACL surgery to his left knee and leading goal scorer Phil Kessel  out for at least three weeks with mono, someone had to step up. Chara not only scored his team’s first two goals, he was a physical force on the ice, playing over 32 minutes and covering Montreal’s best player, Alex Kovalev. Our own Joe Haggerty looks further into how Chara is earning his ‘C’ .
Add to the mix a boarding major called on Andrei Kostitsyn when he hit Aaron Ward  and Tim Thomas  coming out of the net to take out Kostitsyn, and you have all the makings of a regular season match-up between two ancient rivals that had everyone looking ahead toward the spring.