The Boston Bruins were eliminated from the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 7 vs. the Montreal Canadiens, and the goal that all but guaranteed their defeat was a deflection off of the skate of captain Zdeno Chara into their own net.
While Chara’s mistake ended the team’s chances of mounting a comeback, it appears that he has been dealing with a bigger issue throughout the series.
According to ESPN.com, the Bruins defender was playing the series against Montreal with a broken finger. Slovakian national team general manager Otto Sykora passed along the news that Chara’s injury will require surgery.
The report does state that Bruins president Cam Neely told Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub, but it was clear that he suffered some sort of hand injury after being slashed during Game 3.
The injury will be keeping Chara out of the World Hockey Championships in Belarus, so it is clear that he actually suffered a setback at some point during the season and just decided to tough it out instead of sitting when the Bruins needed to win.