Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara played so erratically toward the tail end of Boston’s loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference semifinals that many wondered if the captain was hurt.
According to a report overseas that very well may have been the case.
According to Otto Sykora, general manager of the Slovak national men’s hockey team, Chara suffered a finger fracture in Game 4 of the series, an injury that will require surgery…Sykora was speaking to Hokej.sk in regards to whether Chara would be joining the World Championship effort in Minsk, Belarus.
Sykora’s translation, via Google Chrome, which can be tricky, is as follows:
“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.”
The report also states that Bruins defenseman Andrej Meszaros will be a no-show for the tournament as well. Meszaros is a free agent and does not want to risk injury before what the translation terms “the next harvest year.”
Chara averaged 23.3 minutes in Games 5-7 of the series, but had only one assists and three shots on goal over that same span. On Thursday afternoon Bruins president Cam Neely told 98.5 The Sports Hub that he was not aware of any injuries that occurred during the series, including Chara.