Capitals earn shootout win during Zdeno Chara’s first trip back to Boston

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Capitals earn shootout win during Zdeno Chara’s first trip back to Boston originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Before Wednesday’s game between the Capitals and Bruins, the return of longtime Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was seemingly the only storyline worth monitoring.

By the end of the first period, amidst a tribute video on the video board from the Bruins, there was a controversial overturned goal, a brief Alex Ovechkin injury and numerous scraps on the ice that seemingly sent Chara’s narrative to the backburner. 

The Capitals earned a 2-1 shootout at TD Garden, and Chara, the longtime Bruins captain, earned his first win in a Capitals uniform in Boston. 

But despite the frantic night, Chara’s story certainly isn’t one that has gone forgotten. 

“I think Zdeno, one thing I’ve learned about him is that he is a humble guy and very appreciative of things like this and you also realize his professionalism and how quickly he moves past it and gets himself into the game and involved in the game,” head coach Peter Laviolette said postgame.

Chara didn’t speak to the media after the win, but it’s clear he was appreciative of the ceremony Boston put on for him. There weren't any fans in the building to cheer on his return, though, which put a cap on the environment that would've been electric.

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In 16:58 of total ice time, Chara’s first road game in Boston since March 16, 2006 went about as well as can be expected.

“It was an important game coming back to Boston for Z, important for our team, just where we sit but important for that reason as well,” Laviolette continued. “Guys, I think, knew that. I’m really happy for him that we were able to come in and help him out and get a win in his first game back in Boston.”