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Chara hurt in Bruins win

Dec 11, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

Zdeno Chara Getty Images

Last night’s 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets proved costly for the Boston Bruins.

B’s captain Zdeno Chara collided with Antoine Vermette late in the second period and didn’t return to the contest. It’s being classified as a lower-body injury, though judging by the video (which you can see here) his left knee appeared to buckle upon contact with Vermette.

“Right now he’s being evaluated,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told NHL.com. “I don’t know how serious it is. All I was told was that he wouldn’t come back in the third and that he had a lower-body injury.”

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe noted Chara was walking without noticeable discomfort after the game and traveled back to Boston last night for re-evaluation. The Bruins’ next game is Tuesday night at home against Los Angeles.

Losing Chara — who’s off to a stellar start — would be tough for the Bruins. He leads all B’s defensemen in goals (with six, tying him for second in the league) and averages over 25 minutes a night, usually lining up against the opposition’s best forwards.

  1. east96st - Dec 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Mike – As a Jackets fan, I know Columbus is horrible. But no mention that Dorsett was lost in the same game? He was one of the few bright spots for the Jackets this season. Granted, Columbus is not a GOOD NHL team, but they are still a NHL team. A line of acknowledgement in a hockey blog really shouldn’t be too much to ask.

  2. nhlbruins90 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    I’ll say this east96st, the Blue Jackets played a good game against the B’s last night and certainly gave the crowd at Nationwide their money’s worth. That was a fun game to watch, and Saturday night IS alright for fighting! I like the uni’s and the cannon. The goal song is … OK. They should really try to keep the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

    The video of Chara’s knee buckling was ugly. It looked bad. Hopefully, it’s not.

  3. east96st - Dec 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    nhlbruin – Columbus would love to keep the Jackets. We just need new ownership and management. Believe me. there are passionate hockey fans here that LOVE the team. I was really hoping that the Patrick signing was to replace the current President, Mike Priest. No such luck, The arena agreement is the second worse one in the League next to the Islanders. It’s been 11 years of the same mistakes, the same short sighted decisions, and the same poor results. Columbus is DYING to have a competitive NHL franchise. Nationwide USED to sell out ALL the time. Unfortunately, the fans have been treated poorly and taken for granted for too long. Trust me – if the Jackets keep the current ownership and management and go to another city, they will wear out their welcome there, too. The best way to sum it all up is the old expression, “don’t p**s on me and tell me it’s raining”. We have had quite enough of that here in Columbus. If some multi-millionaire was to buy the Jackets and run it like a professional hockey team, he/she would be treated like a god and Nationwide would be packed every game.

    • nhlbruins90 - Dec 11, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      Given what I saw last night, I believe you’re absolutely correct. Tampa got lucky with its new owner. Nashville is an example of how to build a franchise the right way. I don’t blame the fans for giving up. A few years ago, there were plenty of empty yellow seats at the TD Garden, until the owners of the other three teams shamed the B’s into getting their act together. It worked. Here’s hoping for Columbus.

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