Reports: Zdeno Chara played with compound fracture in finger
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered a fractured finger versus the Canadiens, an injury that will require surgery for the 37-year-old defenseman.
End of the line: Chara's play took a major hit during the Habs, prompting many to believe he was playing hurt (via ESPN.com)
The general manager of the Slovakian national hockey team, Otto Sykora, apparently spilled the beans when he was asked about the availability of Chara's services for the ice hockey world championships currently in progress in Minsk, Belarus. When asked by reporters, Sykora disclosed the injury and said Chara would not be joining the team for the tournament.
Sykora also told reporters that Chara will undergo surgery on Friday.
The news does not come as much of a surprise, as it was evident as the series progressed that Chara was dealing with something, whether it was advanced fatigue, an injury or both. Chara was slashed by Micahel Bournival in Game 3, even though the report stated the injury was sustained in Game 4. The mix-up could simply be Sykora not being able to get his games straight while stationed on the other side of the globe.
Chara was again tagged by a slash from Max Pacioretty, leaving the Bruin big man to take his hand of his stick and shake his glove in pain.
Zdeno Chara recorded just two assists in the seven games played versus Montreal. Chara finished the 2014 postseason with two goals and two assists for four total points. He led the Bruins with a 25:20 average time-on-ice throughout the playoffs.
When asked today by 98.5 The Sports Hub's Felger & Mazz, Bruins president Cam Neely said he was unaware of any potential injury to Boston's franchise defenseman.