Zdeno Chara says 'my bad' for running into Dougie Hamilton and giving Montreal game-winning goal

Mike Petraglia
February 09, 2015 - 4:40 am
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For as much as Bruins fans might be frustrated with the unfinished chances that Daniel Paille continues to generate, no play summarizes Boston's frustration this season with the Canadiens than the one in the opening minute of the third period Sunday night. Dougie Hamilton had the puck in the high slot and appeared ready to take aim on the impenetrable Carey Price, with the Canadiens leading, 1-0. But Zdeno Chara, reading David Krejci circling around the net, collided with Hamilton. The back-check of his own teammate gave Dale Weise the puck. Weise found a sprinting Max Pacioretty at center ice and Pacioretty beat Tuukka Rask between the pads for a 2-0 Canadiens lead. "That was my bad," Chara said. "I saw David going around the net and I moved in and that'€™s something that I shouldn'€™t probably - usually you have the crossing defenseman moving in. I may have misread it and it ended up costing us. I'€™m taking blame for that because that'€™s something I should be more patient with and maybe take a look. Dougie [Hamilton] was in the right spot, David made the right play and, I don'€™t know, I just thought that I would have a chance to move in but that'€™s not the way we play." "I saw him last second," Hamilton said of Chara. "I don'€™t know, I haven'€™t really seen it yet. I don'€™t know, just a bad bounce, miscommunication, and it results in a goal." Claude Julien did see it very clearly and left no doubt that he felt badly for Rask. It was his goalie who saved Chara in the first period when he lost a puck at the blue line and turned away a chance from Jacob De La Rose. In total, Rask stopped 31 of 33 shots but fell to 3-13-3 all time in the regular season against Montreal. "I thought he played well," Julien said. "You know, the winning goal is a terrible goal to give up. Two defensemen colliding in the o-zone, and like I said, we have a tendency to shoot ourselves in the foot for whatever reason against them and the kind of goals we give them are certainly not the kind of goals you see from our team most of the time."