Surprised Neil fought him and more surprised he hung in there and didn't get killed. You would think Neil would have picked one of the other 10-12 Bruins willing to fight if he thought he had do for what may be the clean hit of the year. Edge to Chara of course but for all the Neil haters on here that say he never fights anyone, well he just did.
Chara, drawing on his Eastern Block boxing training courtesy of Ivan Drago, is clearly not a skilled fighter, nor should he have to be. Chara is obviously too valuable and his absence led to the Senators getting back into the game. Chara with the win, as Toothless Neil did nothing except raise his hands and emit some body odor. Chara with his usual poor balance in the end, I just expect more from a man that size.
Whenever he fights a heavweight of any size, even one as relatively small as Neil, Chara ends up 'falling' to end the fight.
I simply don't get the 'Scott has to fight Chara' crowd. Chara is NOT a naturally good fighter and is not in the same catagory as the McIntyres and Scotts of the world or the Boogards, Godards or Fritzs of slightly earlier times. He is a competant fighter and a very huge man. His Lucic fight may be the one exception where he ragdolled and abused a fighter, but then Lucic is only an 8 not a 9.
Easy, but by no means dominating win for Chara here.
It appears that Chara landed the only scoring blows against a tough and always willing Chris Neil. This seemed like a "duty" fight for Chara and I appreciated Neil not throwing anything dirty once they were on the ice. While I appreciate Chara, I don' think he could ever remain standing long enough to be considered a true top heavyweight. Win Chara.
typical chara fight, throws a couple punches that miss by a mile and he falls down. good to see him stand up for a teammate though. that's something that's been sorely lacking in the bruins lineup with the exception of thornton, who always stands up for his teammates. wish julien would bring up lane macdermid or bobby robbins from providence.