Peter Bondra might want dinner from friend Zdeno Chara after hat trick

DJ Bean
January 18, 2011 - 6:36 am
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Looks like the fun hasn't run out on Zdeno Chara's hat trick celebration. After admitting following Monday's game that he lifted his back-handed toss of an invisible hat from former Capitals great Peter Bondra, Chara and the celebrations were the subject of a conversation between Yahoo! Sports' Greg Whyshynski and Bondra. "I think I did it twice," Bondra told Wyshynski on Monday night. "If [Chara] used that move, I think it's going to cost him dinner next time he comes to Washington." Bondra even received a text message from the B's captain on Monday, with Chara perhaps eager to see if he pulled it off correctly. "He asked me if I saw his celebration," Bondra said. Chara's teammates were amused with the celebration, with Milan Lucic carefully limiting his answer to "yes" as to whether it was the most interesting he'd seen, and Adam McQuaid figuring the Hurricanes may not have been too happy with it. The creator of it sees it as more a case of living in the moment than trying to upstage the opposition. "The celebration ... you cannot practice it or anything," Bondra told Wyshynski. "It's a moment when the excitement of your goal make you react to the moment. Sometimes I wasn't happy with what I did. It's a moment where you're excited to show how excited you are, but there's a line and you want to respect the other team."

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