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Watch Bruins fans give injured Zdeno Chara huge ovation before Game 5 vs. Blues

Watch Bruins fans give injured Zdeno Chara huge ovation before Game 5 vs. Blues

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is showing an incredible amount of toughness in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup FInal.

The B's captain is in the lineup to face the St. Louis Blues despite reportedly suffering a broken jaw in Game 4 of the series Monday night. After not practicing Wednesday, Chara took part in Thursday's optional morning skate equipped with a shield to protect his face, while also not wearing a non-contact jersey. Both were signs that a return to action was at promising.

Bruins fans at TD Garden gave Chara a rousing ovation during the introductions of the starting lineups before Thursday night's matchup. Check out the scene in the video below:

Chara's teammates have raved about his toughness and leadership since the end of Game 4, and Bruins forward Brad Marchand put it best before Thursday's morning skate.

"He's an incredibly tough man. He's willing to play through anything," Marchand said. "It just shows so much character in him, with what he's been through and the fact he's out there this morning. There's a reason why he's still playing the  game and why he's going to be a Hall of Fame player. He's willing to do anything, put his body through anything to win, especially this time of the year. When you see your captain doing that and playing through injuries like that, it's incredible to see. I have a lot of respect for him."

Chara's return is no doubt a meaningful boost to the Bruins blue line, but it will be  interesting to see if he's on any type of minutes restricted.

The series is tied at two wins apiece entering Game 5.

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Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins' fans will love his first post

Milan Lucic joined Instagram, and Bruins' fans will love his first post

Former Bruins forward Milan Lucic officially joined Instagram on Thursday, and Boston fans will absolutely love his first post. 

Although Lucic now plays for the Calgary Flames, he couldn't pass up the opportunity to reminisce on the B's 2011 Stanley Cup championship.

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Lucic posing with the Stanley Cup is a huge flex, but the big guy definitely did his part during the 2011 playoff run. The Vancouver native tallied 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 25 playoff games playing alongside David Krejci and Nathan Horton, including two goals and an assist in the series against the Canucks.

During his day with the Stanley Cup, Lucic returned to Vancouver for a celebration with family and friends, so we can imagine his first Instagram post is from that day. 

Hopefully he plans on sharing some more photos from 2011 because that championship run was electric. 

 

 

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

Brian Burke reveals what Ducks would've given Bruins for Joe Thornton in 2005

It appears the Boston Bruins could've received a lot more for Joe Thornton when they dealt him to the San Jose Sharks in 2005, at least according to Brian Burke. 

During a Twitter Q&A session on Thursday Burke, general manager of the Anaheim Ducks at the time Thornton was traded, revealed he was rather frustrated he couldn't pry the future Hall of Famer from Mike O'Connell's clutches. 

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As for what he would've given up for Thornton -- this one may frustrate B's fans. 

O'Connell ended up dealing Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. The move cleared cap space for the Bruins to later sign Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, among others, but could what they have received from Anaheim been better?

If the Bruins ended up receiving Anaheim's 2006 first-round draft pick (19th overall), they could've drafted anyone from Claude Giroux who went 22nd overall to the Philadelphia Flyers to Nick Foligno who was drafted 28th overall by the Ottawa Senators. Now, if the first-round pick Burke was willing to give up was indeed a 2006 pick, then the Bruins who drafted Phil Kessel fifth overall that year could've potentially added two stars for the price of one. 

Thinking about that situation alone should make Bruins' fans cringe, but there's more.

Burke noted he would've given up the player who O'Connell ranked as sixth-best on the Ducks roster as well as a prospect. Looking back at that now, the sixth player could've been anyone from Francois Beauchemin to Joffrey Lupul and a prospect could've been the likes of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, according to WEEI's Matt Kalman. 

The sixth-best player makes you shake your head because Beauchemin and/or Lupul weren't the greatest, but the first-round pick and possibility of adding Getzlaf or Perry would've been huge for the Bruins. 

If this deal was done in 2020, you'd have to wonder if Don Sweeney would've accepted Burke's offer.