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Stanley Cup: Bruins' Chara questionable after taking puck to face

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Jake Elman
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has played in the NHL since 1997. File Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has played in the NHL since 1997. File Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

June 4 (UPI) -- Boston Bruins defenseman and team captain Zdeno Chara is questionable for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a puck to the face.

Chara, 42, suffered the injury in the second period of Monday's 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Blues forward Brayden Schenn's shot was deflected before striking Chara in the face.

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Chara was immediately helped to the locker room. He returned to the bench in the third period but did not re-enter the game.

"You never want to see that happen to anyone, especially someone on your team, someone who is such a big part of our team playing-wise, leadership-wise," Bruins forward Charlie Coyle said.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said Chara will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Boston.

Chara previously missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals with an undisclosed injury.

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The Stanley Cup Final is tied 2-2. Game 5 will be played at TD Garden in Boston on Thursday night.

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