Zdeno Chara sat calmly at his locker, concerned more about beating the Montreal Canadiens in the tight division race than getting beat up by them.
Thursday night’s rematch comes 16 days after Max Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra after a hard check by the Boston Bruins captain knocked him into a padded stanchion supporting a glass partition between the teams’ benches.
Might the Canadiens seek retribution on the ice?
“I don’t know,” Chara said after practice Wednesday. “We’ll see.”