By Mike G. Morreale
NHL.com Staff Writer
Carolina forward Chad LaRose is the first to admit he’s not the biggest guy in the NHL.
At least until he hops on the ice. That’s when he becomes “Big Chad.”
Though LaRose checks in at 5-foot-10 and 181 pounds, he has played a much bigger game. LaRose is the kind of sparkplug that brings grit to every shift.
“He’s not a big man, but he plays hard and he barks at all the big guys,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice told NHL.com.
He’s also versatile. LaRose can play a third-line checking role or ride shotgun with Eric Staal on the team’s top line. Whatever the situation, he won’t back down from anyone. In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he challenged 6-foot-3, 195-pound Evgeni Malkin of the Penguins during a second-period scuffle in Pittsburgh’s 7-4 win.