Chara grateful after 'special moment' recording 1st Capitals goal originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
When Zdeno Chara's powerful slap shot rocked the back of the Islanders' net on Thursday night for his first goal in a Capitals uniform, he was mobbed by his teammates in celebration.
After refusing to accept a reserve role with the Boston Bruins, Chara signed a deal with a team he's been delivering huge hits on his whole career. After the imposing 6-foot-9 defenseman registered his first goal for the Capitals, a "special moment" occurred.
"I obviously didn't see it from the views that you guys had but I can't [wait to] watch it," Chara said postgame.
The 43-year-old took to Instagram to show his gratitude for a moment he surely won't forget anytime soon.
"There is nothing like team sports," Chara wrote. "Thanks to all of my teammates for this special moment."
Chara has proven he can still perform at a high level with key contributions to the Capitals' defense, and his first goal was the latest example. As someone with plenty of accolades, including a Norris Trophy in 2009 and a Stanley Cup in 2011, the milestone celebrations never get old.
"When a guy like that comes to give you a bear hug, you give it back to him," fellow Caps newcomer Conor Sheary said. "So I think when he came to the bench, we were all super excited for him."
Tune in to NBC Sports Washington to watch Chara and the Caps host the Bruins on Saturday night! Pregame Coverage begins at 6 PM.