Columbus Blue Jackets Josh Anderson Stands Tall Against Zdeno Chara

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Josh Anderson
COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Josh Anderson /

Against the tallest player in the NHL, Josh Anderson stood tall in the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 shootout win, landing some punches and holding his own.

After an early season holdout that caused him to miss all of training camp and the first few games of the season, Josh Anderson is proving why he valuable to this Columbus Blue Jackets squad. Not only is he producing in the stat sheet, his intensity and physical play are propelling the Jackets to their best October ever.

He brought that physical play against the Boston Bruins on Monday. His hard play on the boards led to a certain defenseman getting upset. That defenseman happens to be the biggest player to ever play in the NHL and one of the most feared fighters in the league.

Zdeno Chara is six foot nine inches tall. Without skates. He is almost seven feet tall with the blades on. Anderson after being run into the boards (a missed call for sure) had enough. He went after Chara, and it was on.

Respect for Anderson

Chara without a doubt won the fight. Huge props have to go to Anderson for even agreeing to drop the gloves.

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Not only did he drop the gloves but he held his own in the short lived fight. He took a few licks for sure but landed some punches of his own. Even though he was giving up at least five inches in reach.

Chara ended the fight early after having enough of Anderson. There is no doubt that Chara ends fights when wants to by wrestling his opponent down to the ground. Thats exactly what he did.

There was mutual admiration in the box as the two exchanged words according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. 

Chara is 40-years-old and in the final year of his contract. He is an all-time great and destined to head to the Hall of Fame. Josh Anderson just earned his respect. And Columbus Blue Jackets fans have seen one of the last fights in his career.