Report: Bruins' Chara suffered finger fracture in Game 4 vs. Canadiens, requires surgery

May 15, 4:47 PM

The Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, and it appears as though Boston captain and stalwart defenseman Zdeno Chara was playing injured for the last three games of the series.

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.

Despite the apparent injury, the 37-year-old Norris Trophy nominee averaged 23.3 minutes per game in Game 5-7 of the series, but registered one assist, three shots on goal and a minus-one rating in that span.

Jun 24, 5:45 PM

Bruins' Zdeno Chara still healing from postseason hand injury

Jun 24, 5:45 PM

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara could receive the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman on Tuesday night, but he may grimace slightly while lifting the award.

Chara revealed on Monday that the broken pinky on his left hand, suffered from a slash in Game 3 of the team's series against the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the gash on the ring finger of his left hand, suffered from a slash in Game 5 of that same series, still haven't fully healed.

“It’s good." Chara said, via the Boston Herald. "It’s healed and we’re still looking to get the full feeling. It should be something that we stay on top of and it’ll get better.”

Chara was asked if surgery was still a possibility.

“I don’t think so." Chara said. "At the end of the year, we just cleaned the whole wound out and made sure there was no infection risk. We closed it and that was it. . . . I think there might have been slight damage to the nerve, but it’s something that isn’t affecting me. . . . Hopefully, it’ll be fully recovered.”

Chara also went on to say that he doesn't believe that the injury affected him in the series with the Canadiens.

“It didn’t." Chara said. "It was one of those things that was a little bit uncomfortable holding the stick or shooting, but it didn’t affect me,” 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Winslow Townson

May 16, 12:17 PM

Bruins' Zdeno Chara admits he did injure hand but will not require surgery

May 16, 12:17 PM

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara addressed the media on Friday as the Boston Bruins cleaned out their lockers. While the big shutdown defender admitted that he did indeed play through a hand injury doing the postseason, he contradicted Otto Sykora's comments that suggested Chara would require surgery to fix the issue:

While Chara was banged up - and it showed in his usage and effectiveness - he refused to make excuses for his performance, even as he made sure to keep his hand hidden from reporters. 

It's clear, however, that Chara wasn't himself this postseason. His minutes actually dipped down significantly, with the 6-foot-7 Bruins blue-liner logging over four minutes fewer per game in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs than he'd averaged in 2013, when Boston advanced to the Stanley Cup final. 

In Wednesday night's Game 7 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, Chara took 31 shifts and logged 23:40 in total time-on-ice. It's the lowest total ice-time Chara has received in an elimination game since the 2009-10 season.