It’s been reportedly confirmed that Zdeno Chara suffered a broken jaw from a deflected Brayden Schenn shot during the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. Boston’s captain left the ice immediately for repairs and team officials have still not confirmed the extent of his injury.
However, according to Jeremy Rutherford — a St. Louis Blues writer for The Athletic — things aren’t looking good for the 42-year-old.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) June 4, 2019
As a true leader and backbone of the Bruins, Chara returned to the bench for the third period of Game 4, although he did not record any shifts. He was wearing a full face shield to protect his injury and his teammates applauded his presence after their 4-2 loss that evened the series at two.
🎥 Marcus Johansson on Zdeno Chara staying on the bench for the third period: "It says everything about what a leader he is." pic.twitter.com/I79xZpG9bX
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 4, 2019
According to Conor Ryan of the Boston Sports Journal, Bruins blueliner Brandon Carlo said that Chara was barely able to talk while on the bench for the third.
It’s expected that Chara will miss the rest of the series with such a serious injury. Boston lost both games to St. Louis when being forced to play with five defensemen, when Matt Grzelcyk was injured in Game 2, and Chara in Game 4.
The Bruins are really suffering on the backend as they’re already missing Kevan Miller and Chris Wagner, who are both sidelined for the Final. As a result, they’ll need to dig deep into the depth chart to fill the void for Game 5 back in Boston.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019
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