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It's looking like the Boston Bruins may have to play Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final the same way they played the third period of Game 4: without captain Zdeno Chara.

The Bruins defenseman was absent from Wednesday's morning skate at TD Garden due to what head coach Bruce Cassidy deemed a "facial injury."

Cassidy didn't rule Chara out for Thursday's Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues but suggested his captain isn't trending in the right direction.

"He’s not here and didn’t skate, so that makes it a little more difficult for him [to play]," Cassidy said.

It was reported Tuesday that Chara suffered a broken jaw when he took a puck to the face in the second period of Boston's 4-2 loss in St. Louis.

Chara returned to the bench for the third period equipped a "fishbowl" visor but never returned to the ice, as his teammates confirmed he could "barely talk" as a result of the injury.

The B's can take a 3-2 series lead and put the Blues on the ropes with a win in Game 5, but they'll need other defensemen to step up in Chara's absence.

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