The Boston Bruins captain, Zdeno Chara, fractured his finger while playing against the Montreal Canadiens during the second round of the playoffs. Once the Bruins were eliminated in Game 7, the extent of his injury began to surface. Even so, Chara assures:
“No, no surgery. That’s a positive.”
The extent of the injury has not been disclosed and while speaking with the press Chara kept his left hand in his sweatshirt pocket.
“I don’t like to talk about injuries. It’s something that doesn’t need to be surgically fixed so far and hopefully it stays that way. It’s not something I’m going to blame or making excuses. That’s the way it is. We all play with different injuries, or banged up and that’s part of hockey in the playoffs. For sure, that’s not why we lost.”
The injury will be monitored in the weeks to come and future surgery is a possibility. The question is whether or not it is wise to hold off on repairing the injury? Yes, avoiding surgery is the ultimate quest, however if it is something that will need surgery in the future, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Taking the off season to heal and rehab would be ideal.
Chara is known to be quiet about his injuries as well as playing through them. Fellow teammate and assistant captain, Patrice Bergeron, stated:
“He’ been our captain, I think he always leads us in any way he can. He’s the type of guy who’s going to play on one leg if he needs to. I don’t have anything bad to say about him. I thought he was, and still is, a terrific leader and captain.”