Zdeno Chara is one of the toughest men to ever lace up hockey skates. So you knew he had to be hurt pretty bad to not be able to return to the ice during the Bruins’ Game 4 Stanley Cup loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Chara took a puck in the mouth on a Brayden Schenn shot. The Bruins captain left the ice gushing blood and in obvious pain.
Chara returned to the bench for the third period wearing a full face shield but he did not enter the game.
All pucks everywhere should take cover. Zdeno Chara comes out looking like this? You run the other way pic.twitter.com/ZUrl0xcPMQ
— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) June 4, 2019
Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy said Chara’s status for Game 5 is unclear.
“Well we clearly know he got a puck in the face. Very uncomfortable,” Cassidy said. “Was advised not to return to play….had some stitches, probably some dental work in the near future. He wanted to come out on the bench and be with his teammates. That’s why he was out there.
“I don’t know his status for Game 5,” Cassidy added. “I mean obviously when he gets back home hell have to reevaluated, see how he feels tomorrow for starters. … I can’t say whether he’ll play in Game 5 or not. I have no idea.”
Fellow Defenseman Brandon Carlo said Chara could barely talk while on the bench during the third period.
“Just shows his great leadership. He’s there to support the guys,” Carlo told reporters in St. Louis following the Bruins game 4 loss. “Obviously his mouth has some blood and I don’t know what’s going on there. But he can barely talk and he’s out there supporting us, so just his leadership is on a whole other level, especially during this final round. He’s always there for us, he’s been great communicating, and just wants to be there as a support valve.”
Game 5 is Thursday night at TD Garden with Game 6 back in St Louis on Sunday.