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SportChara all action, little talk in Stanley Cup pursuit

06:35  12 june  2019
06:35  12 june  2019 Source:   ap.org

Chara, Grzelcyk questionable to play in Game 5 of Cup Final

Chara, Grzelcyk questionable to play in Game 5 of Cup Final BOSTON (AP) Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk are being called game-time decisions to play against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Boston coach Bruce Cassidy would not confirm Chara and Grzelcyk will take warmups ahead of Thursday night's game. Each player was on the ice for the morning skate. Chara sported a full face shield, and Grzelcyk was in a regular visor. Chara took a puck to the face in Game 4 on Monday and did not return to the ice. Grzelcyk is eight days removed from being concussed on a hit from Oskar Sundqvist that led to the Blues forward being suspended for Game 3.

For the Bruins, nothing is bigger than winning the Cup . Reducing them to one-third of a “bigger” The home team has won Game 7 12 of the 16 times the Stanley Cup Final has gone the distance. “When he talks , everyone listens,” Krug said. “He shows up in big moments, and he’s able to perform with

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara struggled for words moments after winning his first Stanley Cup .

Chara all action, little talk in Stanley Cup pursuit© APWF Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, celebrates with right wing David Pastrnak (88), of the Czech Republic, after the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. Both players scored goals as the Bruins won 5-1 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

BOSTON (AP) Zdeno Chara didn't say much to his teammates when he showed up, as usual, one game after a puck bloodied his face and knocked him out of the Stanley Cup Final.

And it wasn't just because it was difficult for him to talk.

''He doesn't need to say anything, really,'' forward Charlie Coyle said on Tuesday, a day before Game 7 of the NHL championship. ''It's already known.''

Watch: Chara bloodied in Game 4 after puck deflects off face

Watch: Chara bloodied in Game 4 after puck deflects off face Zdeno Chara was bloodied in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn's shot attempt deflected off the Boston Bruins defenseman's stick and caught him in the face. *BLOOD WARNING Zdeno Chara takes a puck in the face ... heads off to the room pic.twitter.com/JlWbqsEtiX— Here's Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay) June 4, 2019 The play occurred just over three minutes into the second period. Chara headed directly to the locker room and has yet to return to the contest. The Bruins captain was cut open in Game 1 of the series as well after catching a slap shot in the forearm.

Zdeno Chára (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈzdɛnɔ ˈxaːra]; born 18 March 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman who serves as captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Nobody could blame Boston Bruins President Cam Neely if he was more than a little salty after the level of officiating in the Stanley Cup playoffs How much would the added coach’s challenge options continue to bog down an NHL in-game product that’s supposed to be fast and action -packed rather

Nine days after Chara left Game 5 with blood dripping from his face, and three days after Boston won in St. Louis to force the series to the limit, the Bruins and Blues will bring the confetti down on another hockey season Wednesday night. Chara will be there for the 14th Game 7 of his career - an NHL record.

''It's always fun to play Game 7s,'' said Chara, who as captain would have the honor of being the first to skate with the Stanley Cup. ''Very intense. You've just got to realize you've got to lay everything on line and play your best game.''

A six-time All-Star and the winner of the 2009 Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman, the 42-year-old Chara was still among the team's leaders in ice time this season, his 21st in the league. So he left a huge, 6-foot-9 hole in the team's lineup when he left Game 4 with blood dripping from his mouth after Brayden Schenn's shot deflected off Chara's stick and into his jaw.

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With Chara hurt, Bruins need help on D in Stanley Cup Game 5. (AP) — The Boston Bruins reached the Stanley Cup Final despite a run of regular-season injuries that prevented ST. LOUIS (AP) — Zach Sanford is expected to see his first action in more than six weeks when the St. Louis Blues host

Zdeno Chara was gone. Gone from his family, his friends, and his country to pursue a dream that would Together, they supported their sons pursuit , even when others didnt agree on his potential. Chara embraced the opportunity to work. Complaining about the long hours while juggling a hockey

Chara all action, little talk in Stanley Cup pursuit© APWF Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, wears a mask to protect his injured jaw as he and St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz (17) play during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final Sunday, June 9, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Chara returned to the bench, but did not play; coach Bruce Cassidy said he wanted to be there with his teammates. Chara was back for Game 5 in Boston, but alternate captain Patrice Bergeron did most of the talking to fire up the team before the game.

''We shared our responsibility,'' Chara said after practice on Tuesday. ''It's a great group of leaders we have, and it's not that I'm going to be sitting at a desk and trying to figure out some speech. We all realize that it's more about our actions than words.''

And Chara's presence said it all. Cassidy said Chara is in a lot of pain, and he also has to adjust to playing with the full-face shield that limits his vision. (Although there have been reports that Chara broke his jaw, Cassidy has described it only as a ''facial injury.'')

The Boston fans gave the captain a lengthy ovation that he said caught him by surprise.

''I was overwhelmed by the response of the crowd,'' he said on Tuesday in his most extensive comments since the injury. ''It's very humbling, and I'm so honored to get that kind of a pregame crowd being involved and cheering us on. It just shows how passionate the Boston fans are. Very much appreciate it.''

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