Zdeno Chara starts in Game 5 for Bruins despite broken jaw
Not even a broken jaw can keep Zdeno Chara off the ice.
Showing the toughness that made him captain, Chara was in the starting lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final for the Boston Bruins against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. That’s despite Chara suffering a broken jaw after being hit by a deflected puck in Game 4 of the series on Monday.
Zdeno Chara takes a puck in the face … heads off to the room pic.twitter.com/JlWbqsEtiX
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After being hit early in the second period, Chara left for the dressing room where he was stitched up. He returned to the Bruins’ bench for the third period with a full “fishbowl” helmet but he did not play. He just wanted to be there supporting his teammates.
Chara only had two days off between games and was initially described as a game-time decision for Game 5. He participated in the pregame skate and then took the ice with his teammates for Game 5 in Boston with the series tied 2-2.
The Bruins had seven defensemen available for the game. The series is tied 2-2.