From Talking Points:
When Eric Staal stepped into a one-timer to open the scoring Friday, Zdeno Chara wasn’t on the ice. It was one of the rare occasions Staal didn’t have the full attention of the gargantuan Boston Bruins defenseman, and he took full advantage.
After Game 1, there was plenty of talk that the Staal-Chara matchup might decide the series. So far, that matchup has been the fulcrum, but not in the way that everyone expected.
Staal has dominated, helping the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win and 3-1 lead in the series with five points in the past three games. Chara, the likely Norris Trophy winner and a 6-foot-9 pillar of stability during the regular season, is a surprising minus-4 against Carolina.
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