Zdeno Chara Injury: Bruins Defenseman Returns to Ice with Facemask

Getty Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and Matt Duchene #95 of the Columbus Blue Jackets battle for the puck in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Zdeno Chara took a puck to the face and crumbled to the ice in the second period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cups Finals versus St. Louis. With the Blues leading 2-1, St. Louis’ Brayden Schenn ripped a shot that deflected off Chara’s stick and struck the him in the jaw.

Blood immediately started dripping down the 6-foot-9 defenseman’s face, but in an act of pure hockey toughness, he waved off the athletic trainer offering him assistance. He returned to the ice in the third period with a fishbowl facemask.

Here’s a picture of the new look for the Slovak.

The Bruins were already without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who entered concussion protocol after a hit sustained in Game 2 that resulted in the suspension of the Blues’ Oscar Sundqvist. Chara’s return ensures Boston has one of the best defenders in the league.

Blues forward Tyler Bozak faced a similar incident in Game 2 when he absorbed a high stick to the face. He returned only a period later to help St. Louis tie the series at 1-1.

He has yet to make the play-by-play in the third period, according to ESPN.

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