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For Game 2, Bruins coach Claude Julien again will have the advantage of being able to match Chara up with Ovechkin thanks to the benefit of the last change at home. When the series shifts to Verizon Center, Ovechkin might be able to get more favorable opportunities.

Even so, expect Ovechkin and Chara to share the same patch of ice often.

“It’s going to be nice. It’s not going to be just against me and Chara,” Ovechkin said. “It’s going to be Boston vs. Washington, and of course our personalities are going to be out there, but the most important thing is how is the team going to respond to what’s going to happen out there.”