Zdeno Chara Played Through Injury During Habs Series


May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) skates away as the Montreal Canadiens celebrate after Chara deflected a shot into his own goal during the third period of Montreal

Zdeno Chara’s Injury

The Boston Bruins defense didn’t hold up very well towards the end of the Habs’ series, and Zdeno Chara didn’t perform at his usual consistent level.

Well, it turns out the Bruins’ captain was hurt, nursing a fractured finger suffered in Game 4 or possibly Game 3 from Michael Bournival‘s slash. He continued to play in the ensuing contests, but Chara didn’t have his standard control when defending the puck. And in Game 7, Chara took a slash from Max Pacioretty, noticeably grimacing in pain.

Otto Sykora, general manager of the Slovakian national men’s hockey team, revealed this injury report in regards to whether the 37-year-old Norris Trophy finalist would be joining the World Championship effort in Minsk, Belarus.

This is what Sykora said, translated into English.

“Zdeno was injured in the fourth game of the series on ice for Montreal and suffered an open fracture of the finger on the hand., Now risking infection and on Friday he will further surgery. Sorry that happened to him such injury, but American doctors and recommended him to start the championship . Zdeno had a great flavor to strengthen our team, but his health was against.”

He totaled only one assist, three shots on goal and a minus-1 rating from Games 5-7.