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Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara Speaks For First Time Since Jaw Injury: ‘I’m Fine Playing’

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Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara met with the media Saturday and spoke for the first time since Chara broke his jaw in Game 4 last Monday. After gutting it out to play in pain and with a protective mask in the Bruins’ 2-1 loss in Game 5, Chara said there have been no issues on the ice.

“I feel fine playing,” Chara said with a low voice likely due to the pain and swelling he’s battling. “Obviously, it was a quick turnaround last game, but I felt fine.”

Chara was then asked how limited he is on the ice.

“I don’t think. … there’s no limitations, still able to play” he replied.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound rearguard also said that he has been eating too.

“I’m trying to eat as much as I can and keep my nutrition up and fluids up,” Chara said.

Goalie Tuukka Rask, who also attended the presser Saturday was asked again what it meant to see Chara play Game 5.

“He’s our leader, he’s the toughest guy out there,” Rask said. “He doesn’t take any games off unless it’s impossible to play. It’s an emotional lift for all of us, he’s the backbone of the defense so it’s a great help for us.”

 

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