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Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: December 11, 2011 5:03 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Attention every year is given to the idea that a hangover is the biggest obstacle for a defending champion to overcome (when they have been kept mostly together and the expectations remain, that is). But nothing can derail a repeat opportunity like injuries.

That's especially the case when you are talking about a potentially serious injury to Boston's captain and arguably the team's best player not named Tim, Zdeno Chara.

Half-way through the Bruins' win over the Blue Jackets on Saturday, Chara and Jackets forward Antoine Vermette collided in the Bruins' defensive zone. Chara went down to the ice and didn't return in the game.

As you can see from the replay, Chara's knee is the worry after the seemingly innocuous hit. Like most every team in the NHL now, the Bruins didn't elaborate on the injury after the game, calling it simply a lower-body injury.

"I didn't find out whether it's minor, major, anything," coach Claude Julien said after the game. "That's just what I was told after the third.

"I haven't even seen him yet."

Now the question is when can the Bruins expect Chara back? Is it possible he won't miss a game at all?

"It's hard to comment on that until I know the severity," Julien added. "Throughout the season, you're going to have some injuries, and you're going to have to live with them ... no matter what happens."

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe says that Chara will likely be out for a week or two with a leg injury. It looks like it will be just a momentary scare for Boston.

However long his absence turns out to be, it's too long for the Bruins (unless, you know, he misses no time). Chara is a huge part of what Boston does and he has been solid this season -- as if we expected anything else. He has six goals, which are good enough for second most among NHL defensemen, and he plays nearly half of every game.

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Comments

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

Quebecdom, Must be a lowlife canadiens fan ! Anyone who revels in another player's injury ( unless of course they are a Montreal Canadien) is a purely uncalled for. HaHa



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

Hey my Christmas gift came early this year!



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

He's faking!
 



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:21 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

You won't get any sympathy from this Penguins fan with all the injuries my team has endured. If he misses a week or 2 like the article says, then this is not a big deal at all. The Bruins have plenty of scoring depth and arguably the best goalie in the game. They should be able to more than hold it together for a few games without the big guy. Even if he misses a lot of time, it doesn't matter all that much as long as he is back to 100% for the playoffs. If they go into the tank becuase of one guy going down, even as good as Chara is, then they aren't as good as I thought they were.




Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

After watching the viedo, I would think he is going to miss some serious time. knee is not suppose to bend that way. If it is just a strain, could miss anywhere from 2-6 weeks, if it is torn, could be the rest of the year.




Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

if that's all he misses we lucked out



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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:41 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:36 am
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

Well Bruins fans, we have to suck it up.  I preach the Bs depth, so we will see how the Bruins do..  Saying that however, Chara is head and shoulders above the rest of the Bruins players as the best player on this team.  Go Bruins!



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Bruins' Chara injured, expected to miss a week

This is NOT good news


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