The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning are on a collision course as the NHL season draws towards the playoffs, and they took the term "collision" quite literally on Saturday night. Tampa ultimately solved Boston for the first time in quite a while, but before the final whistle, we were served some beautiful old-time hockey after a questionable check on Chara from behind.
In the immediate aftermath of the uncalled check, Chara stalked Mikhail Sergachev around the ice, flipping his stick high into the air before a scrum around the net nearly resulted in a Boston goal. The refs determined this (and literally everything else!) to be a play on situation, before Pat Maroon (who recently saw Chara in the Stanley Cup Finals as a member of the St. Louis Blues) decked the big man, causing a natural escalation.
Of course, though Chara did not come out on top in the battle, homer B's announcer Jack Edwards had his back.
Can we get seven games of this in a month or so? Probably not; Tampa Bay will probably pull a Lightning and lose to the Rangers, or another non-playoff team.