Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara hasn't regained all of the 10 pounds he lost after a recent virus sent him to Massachusetts General Hospital to be treated for dehydration, but he gained a few more ounces of prestige yesterday when he was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy.

"I'm very humble and very thankful,'' said Chara, who won his first Norris in 2009. "Especially after you consider how many guys had such a great season — a breakout season. I'm just very thankful that people who did vote recognized the definition of the Norris Trophy award.''

Chara fits the classic definition of the position, a player whose role it is to keep the opposition from scoring. The Trencin Tower of Power is a 6-foot-9-inch shutdown artist who is out there virtually every time the other team rolls its best attackers over the boards.