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Toews: We can out-work Chara

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07:30 AM ET 06.21 | For a guy rarely found on the wrong side of hockey law, Jonathan Toews stepped out from his normal bounds when talking about Zdeno Chara. "Credit to Chara, he's one of their key players. He's a great player. We know his number-one advantage is his size, reach and strength," Toews said. "I think at the same time you can't give him too much respect and want to compensate the way you play as a line considering the fact he's out there against you guys. I mean, there's certain ways you can expose him. ... We made sure we were out numbering him everywhere we went, taking away his stick first thing. We just try not to be intimidated by his size. You have to get to the net, find a way inside, not be, like I said, intimidated by that. We can out-work him, and we did that, and we want to continue that."

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June 21, 2013  07:41 AM ET

See, what happened was, Rask Tuukka day off

June 21, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

See, what happened was, Rask Tuukka day off

Very good :)

June 21, 2013  08:41 AM ET

We can out-work him, and we did that, and we want to continue that."

what a novel concept....outwork one of the other team's more formidable players.....

Why so serious?

June 21, 2013  08:58 AM ET

The next thing we will hear are the Hawks complaining that the Bruins aren't pumping their tires.

June 21, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

See, what happened was, Rask Tuukka day off

Nice.

Although both goalies were guilty of playing like they thought it was still the warmups.

June 21, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Now that we have heard the CHI strategy, lets turn this around.

What does BOS have to do to win 2 of the next 3? Esp considering 2 of the next 3 are in Chitown.

June 21, 2013  09:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Nice. Although both goalies were guilty of playing like they thought it was still the warmups.

It was just one of those games. The next will probably end up being 3-2

June 21, 2013  09:09 AM ET

A good big man is better than a good "small" man.

June 21, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Uh, oh. Toews didn't get The Memo.

On another note, talk is cheap.

June 21, 2013  09:36 AM ET

I read the thread twice and I'm still trying to figure out the controversy. I mean he's saying that Chara is a great player and they need to work really hard around him.

June 21, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I read the thread twice and I'm still trying to figure out the controversy. I mean he's saying that Chara is a great player and they need to work really hard around him.

I'm surprised BF, being a Pens fan I'd have thought you'd appreciate a fine whine.

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June 21, 2013  09:48 AM ET

One game they had offensive success. While they could do it again, defense - and not just the back two but the whole scheme - usually wins out. Toews is feeling good after Wed - he should. But odds are the Bruins will not be as lax tomorrow.

June 21, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'm surprised BF, being a Pens fan I'd have thought you'd appreciate a fine whine.

That's not a whine, believe me I know my whine.

June 21, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

That's not a whine, believe me I know my whine.

LOL - That was my point...

June 21, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I read the thread twice and I'm still trying to figure out the controversy. I mean he's saying that Chara is a great player and they need to work really hard around him.

I am in total agreement. He was complimenting the greatness of Chara and saying that they need to attack and not be intimidated. Of course Seidenberg is pretty damn good, too....

June 21, 2013  10:20 AM ET

"there's certain ways you can expose him."

Like make him move.......

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June 21, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Seidenberg was not good on Wednesday night.

Probably why Chara was -3.

When the support systems fail, the overrated look especially bad.

 
June 21, 2013  10:28 AM ET

Of all the players on the B's I wouldn't want to poke too much to wake up it would be Chara. While Chicago has laid its fair share of hits in this series so far, the veracity of the hits that the Bruins have leveled against Chicago are substantially greater. Most of the goals scored against Rask in Game 4 were second or third chance goals and a result of substantial defensive breakdowns. Most of the goals against Crawford were clean, open looks. If the Bruins tighten up on defense like I expect, and continue to expose Crawford's diminishing confidence the series should continue to be a wild ride.

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