Bruins’ Chara a game time decision

 

On Monday morning Boston Bruins’ coach, Claude Julien, was cautiously optimistic that his number one defenceman, Zdeno Chara will, in fact, be in the Game 3 lineup. While he stopped just short of confirming that Chara will definately be playing, Julien, whose team is down 2-0 to the Montreal Canadiens, reported that Chara felt no ill effects after morning practice. “He’s better. You saw him on the ice this morning and, as we speak right now,  it’s looking good,” Julien said about Chara, who missed Game 2 due to illness. “But I can’t stand here right now and say he’s a definite in.” Prior to that game Chara, who spent the night in hospital the day before, took part in the pre-game skate, but quickly took a turn for the worse and, as a result, was scratched. Chara logs not only over 20 minutes of ice time per game but also anchors the power play. If Chara does come back there will be a lot of anger directed towards him by the Bell Centre faithful, who back on March 8, witnessed Canadiens’, Max Pacioretty, suffer serious head and neck injuries courtesy of a Chara hit. “That doesn’t matter,” Julien said. “What matters to us right now is what’s at stake, and that’s the game. No matter what happens you have to play through those things and we’re all aware of that. Guys are professional enough and I don’t know if there’s a rink where Zdeno doesn’t get booed in.” The heavily favoured Bruins, who finished third in the Eastern Conference with 103 points, are trailing 2-0 in their best of seven quarterfinal series against the Canadiens. For the season Chara had 44 points and was an unbelievable +33.

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