#4 is Still Magic (written on January 17th)
Hats came raining down from all levels of the TD Garden this Monday afternoon in celebration of Captain Zdeno Chara’s first career hat trick. Recently named to the NHL All-Star game, Chara becomes the fourth defenseman in Bruins history to record a hat trick.
The 6’9″ Chara, who averages the third most amount of ice time in the NHL with 26:17 per game, is now in the company of Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Glen Wesley as Bruins blue liners with hat tricks.
Glen Wesley, who ironically spent the majority of his career with the Carolina Hurricanes, posted the most recent trick on March 15th, 1993 in a game against New Jersey. Prior to that Ray Bourque became the second Boston d-man to get three goals in a single game.
Even before that? It should not even be a question. Number 4, Bobby Orr. Not only did Bobby Orr have one hat trick like the rest of Boston Bruins defenseman but he had nine.
Maybe I am just weird with numbers for thinking this, but I would be pretty pleased to have the number four spot as a Bruins defenseman to get a hat trick.
Hats off Chara.