The intimidating, meaner-than-a-junkyard-dog Bruins defenseman looked thoroughly sheepish when asked if it was the prettiest goal he’s ever scored in his career.

The “it” was a 360 spin-o-rama into a roofed backhander while dangling through traffic in the offensive zone against the Florida Panthers, and the “who” was Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Brad Marchand tossed a backhanded saucer pass that was a little behind the hard-charging Chara, but the Bruins defenseman never slowed his stride while collecting the puck, spinning 360 degrees while dangling with the puck toward the net. He saved the best for last as he roofed a short-side backhander through a sliver of open space as Jacob Markstrom tried to cover the post. It was like watching the footwork and dexterity of a professional dancer simply showing off in a flight of fancy.

“That was a pretty nice move for a big guy like that,” said Claude Julien. “He had to keep control of it and lift it up. It was one of those nice goals. I just hope he doesn’t get carried away with it now and start tip-toeing around players out there.”

Fat chance of that happening to the one NHL player nobody enjoys lining up against.

The 6-foot-9 intimidator on skates performed his customary job by shutting down Florida’s top offensive players while logging a team-high 23:43 of ice time in the on-ice humidity consistently present in the southern NHL rinks.

But Chara also unveiled the most aesthetically pleasing goal of his career that served as the game-winner for the Bruins in a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center. The Bruins captain was unsurprisingly laconic about the goal post-game, and just happy about the team result that came along with it.

"My game is simple. That’s not my priority,” said Chara. “But I was glad and happy we got the lead with that goal.

“It was a good game for us. It’s always hard for us to play on these trips. They were worked extremely hard against us and never gave up. We were just able to create some chances and score some goals. It’s always nice to win.”