Zdeno Chara credits Peter Bondra with hat trick celebration

DJ Bean
January 17, 2011 - 11:36 am
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Zdeno Chara hadn't been holding his breath for his first career hat trick, but he was able to breathe a sigh of relief after becoming the fourth defenseman in Bruins history to accomplish the feat. "You're always kind of thinking about how it would be nice to have that kind of a game in your career, to say, 'Hey I've done it, I had a hat trick,' but for myself, it took 14-15 years," Chara said. "I'm not expecting to have another one anytime soon." Regardless of how frequently he tallies three goals in a game, his teammates were glad to see him do it for the first time, including another long-tenured Bruin who just recently had their first hat trick. "That's our leader," Patrice Bergeron said of Chara. "That's our captain. That's why he's probably the best defenseman in the league." Chara celebrated the hat trick by gesturing to the crowd with his glove, waving on the fans to toss their hats. He admitted after the game that he saw Peter Bondra of the Capitals do it after notching three goals against him when we was with the Islanders, and that he kept the move stored in case he ever had the opportunity. "I kind of remembered [thinking], 'If I ever get a hat trick, I want to do the same.' I thought it was pretty cool," Chara said of seeing Bondra celebrate. Just as Chara took notice of Bondra, his Bruins teammates got a kick out of their captain's celebration. "Yes," Milan Lucic said with a laugh when asked if it was the most interesting goal celebration he'd seen. "That's all I'm going to say. Yes."
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