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Bruins Captain Chara Won’t Play Against Caps



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Fresh off another overtime loss, 4-3 to the Nashville Predators at TD Garden Saturday night, and mired in a slump, the Boston Bruins will be without captain Zdeno Chara Monday night when they host the Washington Capitals in their final game before the holiday break. Chara is having a previously scheduled procedure done on his surgically repaired jaw because of an infection.

“The area where the surgery was done got infected, which is kind of rare, but it does happen,” Chara explained to the media following practice that he participated in. “The decision was made to avoid maybe further troubleshooting with that area, basically to remove all the plates and screws and clean it up. Instead of putting the plates in, they’re going to be taking the plates out.”

Chara’s jaw was repaired in offseason surgery after he broke it during Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues last June. The Bruins captain played through the injury and finished the seven-game series that the Bruins lost. The jaw recently became infected thanks to bacteria buildup around the plates and screws that kept his jaw together during the Final and weeks after that.

Chara and the team decided to use this upcoming holiday break so he would miss the least games possible. They’re confident he can return to action Friday at Buffalo against the Sabres. The 6’9, 250-pound rearguard has five goals and eight assists in 37 games this season. 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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