Without Big Z manning the blue line for 30-plus minutes, the B's fell to the Habs 3-1 and gave their rivals a 2-0 series lead as the two teams head to Montreal for Game 3 on Monday night.
Is Chara the most important player on this Bruins team?
Fans may rightfully argue that netminder Tim Thomas is, but The Tank happens to have a pretty reliable backup in Tuukka Rask. As for Chara's replacement? Shane Hnidy, who played in three regular-season games this year. With all due respect to The Sheriff, that's a pretty big drop off in talent, leadership and overall reliability. After all, this is the captain we're talking about.
With such a deep offense and no true go-to goal scorer, it can be argued that no one forward takes the cake as the team's most important cog. While Patrice Bergeron is the straw that stirs this offense, does that make him the most important player on this team?