Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

With Chara hurt, Bruins need help on defense in Game 5

With Chara hurt, Bruins need help on defense in Game 5

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy offered no update on Chara's condition after arriving in Boston on Tuesday except to say the 2009 Norris Trophy victor was on his way to see a doctor.

"In between games, we'll have discussions with them", Cassidy said. "I'm not anxious about our mentality".

Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn attempted a shot from the faceoff circle, the puck deflected off Chara's stick, caught him up high, and left him bloodied.

The defenseman fell to the ice and blood fell from his face. He returned at the start of the third wearing the shield but never went back in the game. "So I can't say whether he'll play in Game 5 or not".

Cassidy also said Chara had some stitches and will probably need some dental work. He wanted to come out to the bench and be with his teammates and that's why he was out there. "He's an absolute leader and those things, you just gain respect for him every single day with what he's willing to go through to be part of the group and lead this team". "Anything that comes out of his mouth. everybody is listening to him". Head coach Craig Berube emphasized playing between the whistles and keeping their composure, which should be pivotal considering how well the Bruins have played on special teams. But if Chara has the same injury and misses the rest of the series, it won't change the Blues' approach.

With Chara out, the other five defenseman each played at least 18 minutes a piece.

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Chara is a plus-12 in the postseason and a plus-53 in 179 career playoff games.

Cassidy mentioned that if Chara can't go in Game 5 then Steve Kampfer, Urho Vaakanainen, Jeremy Lauzon and Jakob Zboril would be the names in the mix to replace the 6-foot-9 D-man with a concussed Grzelcyk still not ready for a return to the Bruins lineup.

"If both guys (Chara and Grzelcyk) are out, it's not an easy decision", Cassidy said.

The importance of the Bruins power play has been magnified in the Cup Final because they've struggled at times at even strength.

That exchange of ideas and the players' skill has combined to make the Bruins power play one of the best in the League.

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