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Zdeno Chara Leaves Preseason Game With Upper-Body Injury
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The Bruins can take a lot of positives away from Thursday nights victory over the New York Rangers. They can also take a major negative away. Bruins captain, Zdeno Chara left the Thursday nights preseason game, early in the first period, with an “upper body injury”.
Coach Claude Julien and the Bruins did not have much of an update when he spoke with the press after the game. “He’s going to get evaluated, I guess, closely. We’ll see. Upper body.” After a week that saw Dennis Seidenberg would be lost for 8 weeks, a potential serious injury to the Bruins captain and catalyst on defense could be a major blow to their season.
“He’s always a huge component to our team. I mean he, on and off the ice he’s such a strong presence, so I don’t exactly know what happened, but hopefully he’s okay.” Said Bruins forward Brad Marchand after Thursday nights victory.
In a group that has barely any NHL experience, besides Matt Irwin and Adam McQuiad, the defense looked impressive without their 38-year-old captain. That’s not to say they would struggle exponentially if Chara was to miss a significant amount of time.
Matt Irwin led the Bruins defensemen with 28:04 time on ice. Colin Miller then followed with 27:27, Joe Morrow 26:53, Adam McQuaid 21:34, and Brandon Carlo 18:51.
Of the group, Matt Irwin impressed me the most. Logging the most time on ice, over any of the other defensemen. After netting two goals in the preseason opener against the Devils. I think Irwin is making a real push to get some minutes this year, especially if this injury to Chara is significant.
With injuries plaguing this already questionably group of defensemen, the Bruins better hope and pray that this injury is nothing serious to the heart and soul of their defense.