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Report: Chara played against Montreal with broken finger (Updated)

May 16, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara warms up before Game 1 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) AP

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara might have played through the second half of Boston’s series against the Montreal Canadiens with a significant injury.

Slovak general manager Otto Sykora told hokej.sk that Chara wouldn’t play in the world championships because he suffered broken finger and he will need surgery.

Chara was slashed on the hand, but that occurred during Game 3 of the second round series.

Chara still logged over 20 minutes in each of the Bruins next three contests, but Montreal ultimately eliminated Boston in seven games. He had two goals and four points in 12 playoff contests in 2014 while averaging a team-high 25:20 minutes per contest.

It’s worth adding that Bruins president Cam Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday that he wasn’t aware that Chara had sustained an injury during the Bruins’ playoff run.

Update: Chara doesn’t want to talk about injuries, but he address the matter this afternoon.

“It’s something that doesn’t need to be surgically [fixed] so far and hopefully it stays that way,” Chara told ESPN. “It’s not something I’m going to blame or making excuses. That’s the way it is. We all play with different injuries, or banged up and that’s part of hockey in the playoffs. For sure, that’s not why we lost.”

The plan is to continue to “stay on top of” the situation over the next few days to make sure that his plans don’t need to be altered.

  1. mjdkid100 - May 16, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Chara was slashed on the hand in Game 7. If you watched you clearly saw when it happened and the announcers mentioned it. He also took a shot block off the foot, then while lined up for a face-off Gallagher slashed him on the same foot and he fell. No calls. Marchand gets some snow on Price’s shoulder, unsportsmanlike. That game was horrendously officiated.

    • cweez2 - May 16, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Marchand also punched Plekanec at the faceoff in the 3rd. Lots of things don’t get called. It’s playoff hockey. Go cry in your Sam Adams.

      • topshelf37 - May 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        If it’s one thing I take exception to and can not just shrug off as forum banter it’s disrespect toward quality beer. Sam Adams makes a fine brew and there is no need to bring them into this.

      • stepanup - May 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM

        I’ll break down in tears at work right now if it gets me a Sam Adams.

      • newgod99 - May 16, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        It’s another thing for Montreal to get away with every cheap call. You guys even whine when you win. If Subban got slashed like that he would’ve laid on the ice like he hot shot. If that’s playoff hockey we’re going head hunting next year!!

      • kovodisc - May 16, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Sam Adams is crap. Trillium Brewery has the best beer Boston has to offer – no question.

      • topshelf37 - May 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Kovodisc, I appreciate your insight and plan to “research” this weekend. Any specific recommendation? Also, a lot of people upset in Boston right now and I get that, but Krug and Dougie should still be taken as positives. Those guys are very good hockey players and if Chiarelli knows what’s good for him he will be keeping them around for the torch passing.

    • missthemexpos - May 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Officials watch replay and have seen the crap that Marchand has been doing for way too long so now he is watched more closely and he will be penalized for some of his antics.

      • pepper2011 - May 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        I don’t know if I agree with that. He didn’t do too much that deserved a penalty this series. Plekanec and others took liberties with the Bruins as well. That stuff after (or before) the whistle should never be called unless it is egregious. None of it really was. It went both ways, it always does.

        The Punch was close.

        You have to be consistent (especially in game 7) and they weren’t.

        The Officiating was terrible, but that isn’t why the Bruins lost. I am not making excuses. It was just bad, and it sucks to have important games not decided but affected by poor and inconsistent officiating.

        You said it; Marchand was called on reputation; which is bad. He should not have got called in the Price interference and the Spray – not in a game 7 -especially after you already gave him a penalty for something he didn’t do.

        There are plenty of Guys on the Canadiens that have reputations too that were not called purely on their rep. It was equally as bad both ways.

        Kerry Fraser: Kerry Fraser @kfraserthecall @SlackSports Poor selection pairing. I’ll say no more.

        let me be clear. The Canadiens out played them and deserved the win. It isn’t blaming them or whining. You have to play through this stuff sometimes. The Bruins didn’t. As a Bruins fan it was frustrating. Fraser’s blog on TSN is a nice assessment.

        http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=452261

      • pepper2011 - May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

        I would also like to point out that it was the same crew as game two.

        The two games that this crew officiated MTL had the PP advantage by just about a 2:1 ratio.

        11 to 6 (advantage MTL) – also includes a Bruins PP with 2m left down 3-1

        the rest of the Series:

        14 to 12 (advantage MTL)

        Say what you want, but it’s at the very least suspect.

    • kovodisc - May 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      MJD – it happened in game 3 from Patches I believe. Chara left the ice for a few minutes and it clearly bothered him. Habs knew he was injured which is why you saw the continued slashes to the SAME hand repeatedly.

  2. terrier92 - May 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Playoffs are tough. Bottom line team that wins deserves it. Enough ref bashing and excuse making. I’ve been Bruins season ticket holder since 77 . While I wanted them to win and as painful as it was to watch you have to give it up to Habs they earned it.

    • theskinsman - May 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Habs did earn it. But it’s dishonest to ignore they caught most of the breaks and calls. The teams that win series generally do, including Boston.
      I think Chara must have had another injury, as he fell down a few times (without help) in the Habs series. Foot,knee? Hockey players rarely fall down untouched. In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I will forgo the usual Pens/Habs reference.

    • pepper2011 - May 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Hey Terrier – I respect your opinion, and the Habs did deserve it, but see my post above. Both were home games for the Bruins too. To have the same crew give the away team a 2:1 PP advantage is kind of stupid – especially when the rest of the series (with different crews) they were pretty much even.

  3. roryflyers - May 16, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    When Gallagher “slashed” Chara on the foot it was a clear dive. He barely touches him and chara had such a delayed reaction it was laughable.

  4. sixchr - May 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    The only things I can connect to the hand is it affected his shooting from the blue line and I believe it affected how he played the Pacioretty breakaway in game 6. I have to believe he had some type of lower body injury because he couldn’t move and there were a couple instance in game 7 where he just fell down and it was odd. That being said, with age comes injuries. I personally feel that Chara is a bigger concern to the Bruins’ Cup hopes than people have acknowledged.

  5. elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Nobody cares beat it

    • govtminion - May 16, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      He says, taking the time out of his day to open the article and post in it.

  6. c1md6 - May 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    “It’s worth adding that Bruins president Cam Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday that he wasn’t aware that Chara had sustained an injury during the Bruins’ playoff run.” Well that’s bs if I ever heard of it, if it is true than Cam needs to get his eyes checked because Chara was clearly hurt, he couldn’t even shoot the puck half the time

    • stepanup - May 16, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      It’s interesting. Last year the Bruins were quick to mention Bergeron’s punctured lung, and once the season is over there’s no reason to withhold injury information. Leads me to believe Bruins management really didn’t know. He was playing those minutes either way.

  7. montrealbbr - May 16, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Is that all this team does is make excuses and whine? Hockey is a tough sport and if you cant play with a booboo you should consider another line of work you big stiff!

    • thesportsjudge - May 16, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      So should Galchenyuk retire? Should Price have retired earlier this season? Montreal won the series, you don’t need to keep trolling.

  8. papajack1259 - May 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    The Canadians played better Bruins Hockey than did the Bruins that is why they won. Of all sport I will never figure out Hockey refs at times they should have red tipped canes and other times they call everything how many times do they hold the puck? Before a face off? Everyone talks of the violence in the game but they all love it They could easily stop all the garbage just like College but…..

  9. terrier92 - May 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Marchand is an undisciplined child. He should have gotten two minutes for stupidity for spaying Price. Are you kidding me that is a no brainer call and Marchand did it anyway. Dude it’s game 7 not some throw away game in November.

    • shaundre93 - May 16, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      *in Rochester

      • terrier92 - May 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM

        lol good catch. Was going to use old Herbie phrase but decided against it

  10. stcrowe - May 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Probably injured from having it wedged up his butt from what I saw of the last couple of games.

  11. bleedrangerblue - May 16, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    What’s everyone talking about? Chara scored the game sealing goal in game 7. Hahahahahahaha

  12. bubblehead22 - May 16, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Chow-duh heads your dirty team got beat…..It’s already been said, go cry in your Sam Adams

    PS: Lucic is a douche

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