Zdeno Chara’s status is unclear for Game 5 after taking a puck to the face during the Boston Bruins’ Game 4 loss on Monday.
St. Louis attempted a shot from the faceoff circle, but the puck deflected off Chara’s stick and caught him in the face only to leave him bloodied.
The play occurred just over three minutes into the second period, and the Bruins captain headed directly to the locker room.
He returned to the bench in the third period with a full cage. Head coach Cassidy was told by the Bruins’ medical staff that Chara was “very uncomfortable and was advised not to return,” and added that the defenseman just wanted to be on the bench with his teammates.
“I don’t know his status for Game 5,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said after a 4-2 loss. “Obviously when he gets back home he’ll have to be re-evaluated, see how he feels (Tuesday) for starters. If we have something for you (to update) we’ll give it to you. So I can’t say whether he’ll play in Game 5 or not. No idea.”
Cassidy said Chara “had some stitches, probably [will have] some dental work in the near future.”
The Blues were leading 2-1 when Chara went out, but the Bruins quickly scored to tie it up. St. Louis scored two more goals in the third period.
Game 5 is set for 8 p.m. ET Thursday in Boston.