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Was Bruins’ Chara playing injured during Stanley Cup Final?

Jun 26, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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There was talk that Zdeno Chara was playing hurt in the Stanley Cup Final, which was proven as fact following Monday night’s Chicago Blackhawks Game 6 victory.

With the win, the Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years.

It appeared to some, including CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, that Chara, the Bruins’ towering defenseman and captain was playing with some sort of injury during the final.

But, Chara would not confirm that. However, his coach did admit that Chara was not at 100 per cent health, which is common for players during the playoffs.

“You have to give them credit for putting a strategy together, but at the same time Zdeno is one of those players that unfortunately wasn’t 100 percent,” said Claude Julien, as per CSNNE.com. “So he battled through it, and that’s what I mean by being proud of those guys.

“Playing hurt is part of it, and our guys did that. That’s why I say you’ve got to be extremely proud of those guys. It’s going to take a little while before we can realize the accomplishment that  we had in making it to the Final again, but right now it doesn’t feel good.”

Chara wasn’t the only member of the Bruins playing in discomfort or full-on injury.

Patrice Bergeron was playing with a broken rib and a separated shoulder.

  1. ironyisadeadscene - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    I’m surprised you hit “post” on this story with zero information to report. Anyone who watched the series could figure out that Chara was hurt

    • jpelle82 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      the fact he was out there for 8 of the first 9 goals the hawks scored in the series and then was a -6 in the last 3 games tells a lot. everybody was dinged up at this point of the year, but when its a guy like chara its magnified due to his minutes and the matchups he gets every night.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

      What is the injury? Bruised ego?

      • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        Looked like the usual Chara crap to me. Nice two-handed choke move on Toews in Game 6. Since Toews’ head didn’t pop off, it was the third period and Chara was the perpetrator, there was of course no call on the play.

    • mp1131211 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      I’m surprised that you took the time to comment

  2. anthonyverna - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:54 AM

    Who isn’t?

    • polegojim - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      BINGO… thank you thank you thank you Tony…

      • anthonyverna - Jun 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Anthony. Tony’s my dad.

  3. bruinsfan1953 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    my feelings are hurt too

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  5. dropthepuckeh - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Excited for game 7 tonight. I think whoever wins tonight takes the series. First goal is crucial. Not sure I will be able to accept bruins losing….

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      I hope it goes to shootout

    • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      How do you thumbs down this? It’s funny.

  6. whitdog23 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    so we should glorify a hurt player who hurt his team…instead of letting a healthy player help them win??

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      One of the things a coach has to decide is whether or not the team is better with a player out and the 7th d-man in. Obviously, coach Clod thought they’d be better off with Z in the game.

      That’s why NHL coaches get paid big bucks, and why they shoulder a lot of the blame.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      You think the Hawks weren’t worried defending a one goal lead with Chara skating down from the blue to stand in front of their net? Did you see Game 7 of the Toronto series? The guy is intimidating anywhere he is on the ice.

  7. hawkscup2013 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    here comes the excuses. Boston got exposed and so did that bum Chara.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      Have some class, Bruins played amazing

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      The Bruins were extremely lucky to get out of the first round. Several questionable penalty calls got them a little further and then a few lucky bounces kept them alive. Coach Julie-Ann got out coached and the Bruins were outplayed when it really mattered. He should have benched Chara like he would have another player getting burned like that. Chicago said they would go right at him and that was a key factor in beating them 3 straight to win it. Every time Chara was on the ice was a golden scoring opportunity for Chcago.

      • dboldave - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        By that logic the Hawks are lucky to have won the cup because if not for a few “lucky bounces” they’d have lost the series.

        The hatred towards the Bruins here is great!

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        Chicago won the President’s trophy.
        Chicago beat the bear cubs in 3 straight.
        Chicago beat two very good teams and great goaltending to get to the finals.
        Chcago also had to fight through some really questionable calls.
        Chicago went directly through Chara and Boychuck on that last goal.
        Chicago won on skill and grit, no luck needed.

      • beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Agree with you greenmtnboy31 for the most part. The Blackhawks did all that was needed to win the Cup. We all can say that with some of the Bruins not injured and others playing better and a bounce here or there, that things would of been different. But all things being considered…the right team won it. Pure and simple. The team that played the best, and seemed to want it more at most of the crucial times came out on top. And this is coming from a real true Bruins fan. But I’m a fan of hockey first and foremost. The will of the team from Chicago was stronger. When a team just will not denied…is usually the eventual winner. Great ride from both teams.

      • beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        When a team just will not be denied…they are usually the winner at the end. (Better wording)

  8. tripps3 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    East coast media still searching for an excuse. How is this. Story?

  9. hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    It looked like he might have hurt his ankle when he was trying to trip Toews by shoving his skate under Toews’ in that last game…other than that this is most likely just normal ‘we’re so blue-collar, and we would have won if it weren’t for this or that’ coach stuff. Julien has become notorious for his rambling. Everyone was hurt…Chara was just fine relative to everyone else.

    • dboldave - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      I think you should check out soccer because it seems you don’t like the rough nature of the NHL, especially the playoffs.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      I’m glad you have inside information into both team’s medical staffs to determine how injured guys on both teams are

    • supercoop8 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Julien was answering a question in an interview and in no way excused the loss, and has shown nothing but praise for the Hawks. There has really been only one person in the playoffs that has claimed that his team “deserved better,” twelve minus two equals eighty seven.

      • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        “There has really been only one person in the playoffs that has claimed that his team “deserved better,””….

        What the eff are you talking about? NO ONE was talking about anyone saying their team “deserved better”. Are you somehow trying to twist “deserved better” into an excuse of some sort? How? How the eff does that even begin to make sense to you? I loved the banter, but honestly – Julien WAS making excuses. Give the Hawks credit, but Chara was injured….do you interpret that a different way? Julien’s been pretty infamous the last couple years about talking about embellishing, when his team is one of the worst, and about dirty play, when his team’s been one of the worst…so it doesn’t surprise me to hear, after he’s done making excuses, that you also don’t feel Boston makes excuses. It’s just a hypocritical team.

      • supercoop8 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Crosby said his team “deserved better,” it exemplifies the arrogance associated with the Pens organization.
        A Pens fan calling another organization hypocritical is fun for me, trying to figure out which was first your loss of irony or sense of grandeur.

      • hockey412 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        I actually don’t think that’s what that comment exemplifies, but eh, if that’s your take, you’re entitled. I’d like to keep arguing about yesterday’s comments, but I’ve moved on. I deserve better.

      • supercoop8 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        A leader does not deserve the name unless he is willing occasionally to stand alone.-HK

  10. dropthepuckeh - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Did you guys read the article? Nobody is using injuries as an excuse especially Chara. Chicago won. Case closed. Chara said he was fine after the game because he didn’t want to suggest even a hint at an excuse. Most of these guys are either very banged up or requiring surgery, on BOTH teams.

    The Chicago team was very graceful in their winning and their compliments for the Bruins. They didn’t spend time after the whistles lobbying the refs for calls or complaining in the media after the game. Maybe you fans should pay attention and take a page from their book. “Your” team won the Cup, some fans will never experience this in their lives. Go outside and celebrate with your family and friends. Cross this off your bucket list. Maybe do something wild and get a tattoo or have a threesome with your gf’s hot friend. Best advice would be drop the bitterness and anger, you won! Life is great for you and from this Bruins fan, congratulations.

    • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      “You have to give them credit for putting a strategy together, but at the same time Zdeno is one of those players that unfortunately wasn’t 100 percent,”

      That sounds like an excuse. But, thanks for the advice! I think a lot of people are happy enough commenting on the outcome of the finals, without tattoos, etc…it appears that it is you that needs to find enjoyment elsewhere :-(

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:07 AM

        Stay classy buddy and I am glad you are happy.. When the Bruins won in 2011 it was one of the best weeks of my life (and the months leading up to it). I definitely wasn’t online complaining about the Canucks, but do whatever makes you happy. There are many people who get more enjoyment out of criticizing and depriving other people of happiness than their own positive feelings. You seem to fall in this camp. Good luck with that.

      • hockey412 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Ok two things…1) after your own posts, all throughout the playoffs, you are one of the last people to comment on the different camps of people and how they should be reacting to the Bruins loss…and 2) aren’t you in fact the one that is commenting on this in order to ‘deprive people of happiness’, and not me? Am I depriving you of the happiness you feel regarding the B’s loss? Either way, your comment said no one was making excuses, I’m just saying that, yeah, Julien was making excuses. I’ll quit now, no point in getting personal, but I don’t think, after how overbearing and arrogant the B’s fans have been over the past month or so, that you’ll find shelter from other team’s fans now, or be able to plant a flag on some “higher ground”. Just my take.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

        Two things: 1)Go play in traffic dude. Julien defends his players like every other coach (except maybe Torts). If you look at the full transcript of his press conf after the game he said it wasn’t that difficult to swallow because the Bruins lost to a better team. 2)Whatever your agenda against him or the Bruins is pathetic but then again you know that and still have to scratch that itch. The Bruins lost and I think most people in Boston are okay with it at this point because Chicago deserved to win. You just sound like a whiny b*tch who didn’t get enough attention growing up. Try to let it go, you will feel much better…..

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Well stated hockey412, very well stated.

        Dropthepuckeh will be back making some rambling comment as soon as her mommie helps get the knot out of her panties.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM

        I think it’s great that Bruin fans are willing to share the happiness. The Bruins lost the Cup in 17 seconds, at home with less than 90 seconds to play in the third period. And if Boychuk had been serving the one-game suspension he deserved, maybe Game 7 would be on tonight. Hoisted on their own petard, and sharing the joy with us. Thanks Bruin fans.

  11. steelers88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Probably about everyone on the Blackhawks and Bruins were playing injured.

  12. myspaceyourface - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    You play dirty, it comes back to get you eventually.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      I’m sure those all those other teams who played the game “clean” were much happier sitting on their couch watching the Final. Oh that’s right the Bruins also won the Cup in 2011, didn’t they? Yeah karma’s a real b*tch.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        Tim Thomas won the Cup in 2011 and carried the Bruins along for the ride.

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        I can’t believe I’m doing this but I have to. He didn’t carry them against Montreal, the Bruins put up 5 goals/game against Philly, and he didn’t play that great against Tampa either. The Bruins won on the contributions of every single player. The Bruins don’t win without nearly every single player on the roster.

        The Bruins also made it back to the same position with the same group of players(minus TT) and lost one of the closest series of all-time to a Blackhawks team that was better and mentally-tougher than the Canucks. So, unless they just magically found 2 of the best playoff goalies ever, I’m thinking this team is pretty damn good.

  13. girouxed - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    There’s someone withy the username hawkscup2013? Lol probably doesn’t even live in Illinois.

    • ironyisadeadscene - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Who continuously chirps about an east coast bias……translation: lives on the west coast…..deduction: bitter ole canucks fan who lost his car in the riot after game 7

  14. cabby782 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    And Teows wasn’t hurt? Hossa wasn’t hurt? Shaw didn’t take a puck to the face? Chicago won Boston lost get over it

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      FYI: The Bruins don’t supply the headlines on prohockeytalk

  15. dboldave - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Lots of players were hurt, nobody is using that as an excuse as to why the Hawks won. Toews was probably playing with a concussion and was still able to score a goal and do what he had to to win so that argument goes out the window. I think now everyone is just curious to know what types of injuries these guys were playing with.

    Of course you mention the Bruins here and everyone suddenly gets sand in their vaginas and has to whine about it.

  16. beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I’m sure he wasn’t 100%. Usually no one is. But he did show signs of poor judgement and somewhat lost focused play. He was on the ice way too many times when the other team scored in the Finals. The tieing score showed him cemented right in front of Rask doing absolutely nothing but get in the way. And the winning score showed Boychuck and Ferrence doing the same. A total letdown, which was their story alot during the year. They lost so many leads at the end and let other teams back in that the way that they lost, which is a heart-breaking one, is how they lost way more than once. Chicago knew something. They felt something. Boston, with Chara, revealed that they played a little differently with the lead. And Chara, for the most part in the series, didn’t perform. They did have this series. But too many holes were exposed. Chara being the biggest.

  17. malkinrulez - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    It is the coaches job to take the pressure off the players plain and simple . Of course Chara was playing hurt so was the majority of everyone on the ice to some degree. I give Chara credit for saying he was fine. He didn’t play to his normal performance level. What’s great about the cup is these guys push themselves to play through the pain. Blackhawks did it better but Bruins have nothing to be ashamed of, they battled hard.

  18. hockeyflow33 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Maybe he got hurt riding his bike to Game 3

    • imleftcoast - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Bonked his head on an overpass?

  19. mp1131211 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Boston sure is getting a lot of coverage here… I count 5 bruins stories on the first page of PHT and 0 Hawks stories. BTW, they won it this year in case you hadn’t heard yet.

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