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Bruins' Zdeno Chara suffers ankle injury during Game 1 vs. Hurricanes

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Bruins' Zdeno Chara suffers ankle injury during Game 1 vs. Hurricanes

Zdeno Chara suffered a scary-looking injury during the first period of Game 1 vs. the Hurricanes.

A shot by Carolina's Sebastian Aho drilled Chara in the ankle and the 42-year-old defenseman went down in serious pain.

Take a look below:

Though his chances of returning to the game didn't seem high after his limp to the dressing room, Chara returned to the ice in the second period.

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These Bruins, Blues players have most at stake in 2019 Stanley Cup Final

These Bruins, Blues players have most at stake in 2019 Stanley Cup Final

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues will meet in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, and so much is at stake for players on both sides.

Whether it's cementing a legacy, trying to impress for a new contract in free  agency this summer, or trying to break an NHL playoff record, there are several Bruins and Blues players with a lot to prove over the next two weeks.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the players in this series with the most to gain.

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How the Bruins and Blues match up in the Stanley Cup Final

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How the Bruins and Blues match up in the Stanley Cup Final

The Bruins and St. Louis Blues aren’t exactly equals in all areas, but there are enough similarities that Bruce Cassidy called them “twins” when sharing his first thoughts about the official Stanley Cup Final matchup. 

Certainly, they've engaged in physical, hard-nosed and low-scoring games the past five-plus seasons when they've met and that bodes well for the entertainment value in this championship series. There are high-end, dazzling offensive talents in David Pastrnak and Vladimir Tarasenko, top flight, high-end defenders in Zdeno Chara and Alex Pietrangelo, and two very hot goaltenders in Tuukka Rask and Jordan Binnington.

So, there will be no shortage of excellent players and it should be a pounding series that shouldn’t lack for entertainment. It should also end with a Bruins series victory and another title for Boston based on the B's more experienced players and perhaps even a little dash of the home-ice advantage coming through in the end.

The prediction here is the Bruins in seven games over St. Louis.