Boston Bruins

Mar 19, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and New York Islanders left wing Matt Martin (17) fight during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

With the Islanders down a goal and having landed measly two shots on goal in the first period of Tuesday’s beatdown at the hands of the Bruins, Matt Martin came calling in search of a fight.

He found an opponent — though suggesting they were on equal footing in this scrap may be kind, even if you give Martin some extra points for his courage alone — in Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.

…That was a mistake.

In what was a considerably one-sided beatdown, the 42-year-old Chara simply thrived given his reach advantage, as the 6-foot-3 Martin visibly struggled to get any sort of edge on Chara, even from a straight-up positioning standpoint.

Simply watching Martin, an accomplished fighter with size (his battles with Adam McQuaid have always been must-watch tilts), struggle to even get a shot or two in upstairs on Chara spoke to just how difficult it is to fight the 6-foot-9 Boston captain.

It’s basically like trying to fight a tree.

At least that’s what I thought until Bruins winger Brad Marchand corrected me: He’s just a big mean man.

Marchand’s tweet also opened the doors to the confirmation that Chara’s nickname, Thanos, which was first brought to light by Jake DeBrusk after Big Z tuned up the Sharks’ Evander Kane in a fight last month, is more than legit.

No word as to whether or not Martin has an Infinity Stone-sized mark on his forehead.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those¬†of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter¬†@_TyAnderson.