Thursday, October 11, 2012
Full Speed Plus Jumping Still Can't Knock Chara Down
As the NHL lockout drags on, we are beginning to see NHL players making an impact overseas. In his first game, Patrice Bergeron netted two goals with two more assists. A game between HC Dynamo Moscow and HC Lev Praha was shown on ESPN2 because the teams featured Alex Ovechkin and Zdeno Chara respectively. But it was Chara's next game with the better highlight.
Chara is the biggest player in NHL history at 6-foot-9, and weighing in at 255lbs. This highlight isn't a slapshot at 108 miles per hour, nor is it Chara dishing out some punishment, unfortunately. Rather its someone else attempting to lay the big man out and failing miserably.
Igor Makarov of SKA Saint Petersburg lines up Chara behind the net, catching him off guard as he leaves his skates to deliver the hit, but can't knock Chara all the way down. Its a real solid impact, but it looks like Makarov bit off a little more than he could chew here, faceplanting behind the net.