Zdeno Chara dishes out punishment in his first fight of the season
Zdeno Chara had seen enough. When St. Louis winger Patrick Maroon took an extra shot at McAvoy behind the Bruins’ goal late in the first period, and bumped into Chara as he skated away, the 41-year-old captain grabbed him.
In the ensuing scrap, Maroon, 6 feet 3 inches and 225 pounds, held his own for a moment, but Chara, 6 inches taller and 25 pounds heavier, topped him with a pair of rights.
“He finished a check pretty hard on Charlie,” Chara said of Maroon. “He was being heavy. I’m going to push back. Fair fight.”
The two have history.
Chara pummeled Maroon two years ago, when Maroon’s Oilers came to TD Garden. Thursday’s fighting major was Chara’s first since March 1 of last year. He has fought 25 times in his 11 seasons as a Bruin.