Less than 24-hours removed from the Boston Bruins second-round playoff defeat to the Montreal Canadiens, details were released regarding the health of their top defenseman, Zdeno Chara.
It was clear Chara’s play was not up to par throughout the course of the series. Many speculated over the cause of the Norris Trophy finalists’ struggles.
Some assumed Chara had run out of gas, attributing his age to the decline in play. Others questioned whether he was playing through an injury.
The Bruins revealed the truth behind what was plaguing their captain Thursday. He suffered a fractured finger in Game 4 and played through it. Chara recieved treatment for the pain prior to Game 7.
Montreal forward Michael Bournival slashed Chara across the hand in Game 3, forcing him to the lockeroon for evaluation. Then Max Pacioretty clipped him on the same hand in Game 7. Neither player was whistled for a penalty. Clearly Montreal was aware of the injury.
Chara will require surgery. He will reportedly have a procedure done on Friday to repair the finger.
Despite the injury, Chara still logged over 25-minutes of ice-time per game in the series. He tallied two assists and skated to a +4 rating.