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Zdeno Chara suffers lower body injury in setback at Colorado

With Chara out the final 40-plus, the Bruins (10-6-2) saw the tide change against them.

Zdeno Chara
Zdeno Chara. –AP Photo/Winslow Townson

DENVER — Against the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday evening, Zdeno Chara — key to Boston’s strategy of defending the opposing No. 1 line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen — exited the game after nine shifts and 5:24 with an apparent left knee issue. The defenseman’s leg buckled as he hit former teammate Carl Soderberg with 1:07 left in the first period. He finished his shift, appearing to favor his leg for 27 seconds until DeBrusk took a Colorado turnover in for a goal that made it 2-1.

The Bruins called it a lower-body injury. A team spokesman said they would issue an update Thursday on Chara if appropriate. A scheduled practice and media availability in Dallas was canceled.

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Coach Bruce Cassidy was unsure whether Chara. who walked out of the Pepsi Center with a slight limp, would be assessed before the Bruins’ date with the Stars on Friday, or be sent back home to Boston.