Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had to leave Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final after he took a puck to the face.
UPDATE (Monday, June 3 at 10:22 p.m. ET): Chara has returned to start the third period, and he has some more protection.
Did you think a little puck to the face was going to keep Zdeno out?— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) June 4, 2019
3rd period. Game tied. A crucial moment in this #StanleyCup Final is on @NBC and streaming here: https://t.co/svSJ7srvwn pic.twitter.com/4KufUCAVYh
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Chara fell to the ice and had a pretty good amount of blood gushing from his mouth/nose area. He stayed down on the ice for a little bit but was able to skate to the bench under his own power.
Check out the scary scene from the second period in the tweet below. A deflection off a St. Louis Blues shot caused the puck to go up toward the 6-foot-9 defenseman's head.
Zdeno Chara takes a deflected shot to the face pic.twitter.com/Lp5lpKm7JY— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) June 4, 2019
St. Louis went on the power play shortly after Chara's exit, and the B's were able to kill it in impressive fashion despite being without their captain and top penalty killer.
The B's have not issued an official update on Chara's status as of this writing.
The Bruins entered Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead over the Blues following an impressive 7-2 victory in Game 3.
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