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Bruins can’t slow Zdeno Chara down

CHICAGO — Near the podiums on NHL media day Tuesday hung a picture, a larger-than-life Zdeno Chara, his mouth open in a scream of ecstasy, the Stanley Cup held over his head. A few yards away was the real Chara, serious, businesslike, as he answered questions from a horde of reporters that wanted to know how he has remained so good after playing so many minutes game after game after game.

The Bruins captain’s ice time peaked in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, a double-overtime win over the Penguins that required 42 minutes 5 seconds of his sweat. That was nearly five minutes longer than he played in any game during the Bruins’ previous Cup run, when Chara was two years younger and the Bruins hadn’t hoisted the Cup in 39 years.

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