The gruesome incident left Chara bloodied and battered and apparently did some significant damage to the 42-year-old.
Cassidy said Chara "had some stitches, probably [will have] some dental work in the near future". If we have something for you (to update) we'll give it to you.
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Cassidy mentioned that if Chara can't go in Game 5 then Steve Kampfer, Urho Vaakanainen, Jeremy Lauzon and Jakob Zboril would be the names in the mix to replace the 6-foot-9 D-man with a concussed Grzelcyk still not ready for a return to the Bruins lineup. The skilled 20-year-old Finnish defenseman was a first-round pick in 2017 but he's only played two games at the National Hockey League level - both of them coming in October before he suffered a concussion and spent the rest of the year in the AHL.
The Bruins have made it through the playoffs without defenseman Kevan Miller and also lost Matt Grzelcyk when he took an elbow to the head in Game 2 and needed to be helped off the ice. Chara returned with a face shield and sat on the Boston bench for the third period but did not play, per team trainers' orders. "But five D against our forecheck, I don't think it's that easy". The puck came off the stick of Blues forward Brayden Schenn and nailed Chara. "Anything that comes out of his mouth. everybody is listening to him".
The Blues were leading 2-1 when Chara went out, but the Bruins quickly scored in his absence to tie the score heading into the final period. The Blues looked dominant for a majority of the night and pulled even in the series with a 4-2 win in St. Louis.