It is widely acknowledged that at 6 feet 9 inches and 255 pounds, Zdeno Chara is the biggest and strongest player in the NHL. It is no reach, then, to declare that Chara is a handful down low around the net.

"He is a tall drink of water,'' said Lightning goalie Mike Smith.

Last night, with their power play doing nothing (0 for 3), the coaching staff finally pulled the trigger on a long-awaited maneuver: putting Chara in front on the man-advantage.