Zdeno Chara injury update: Bruins ‘legend’ (broken jaw) active, starting Game 5

first_imgBig Zee is in – and starting.Steven Kampfer also in, David Backes out. pic.twitter.com/SO6wIWCu43— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 7, 2019Chara was wearing a clear plastic wraparound chin guard on his helmet and was not in a red non-contact jersey during morning skate.Zdeno Chara. On the ice. pic.twitter.com/CrgN2mOeg8— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019Unable to speak to reporters, Chara, answering questions via the Bruins, said his situation ahead of Game 5 is no different than most players in the Final.“At this time of the playoffs, everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play,” Chara said. “I’m no different than any player on either team.”Asked Thursday morning about the status of Chara and fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has been in the NHL’s concussion protocol, coach Bruce Cassidy said: “They’re on the ice now, so that’s a good sign. We’ll see how they feel around 7-7:30 tonight.”Cassidy said the initial fear was that Chara sustained a concussion, but he didn’t.”That’s toughness, that’s leadership … the guy’s a legend for a reason,” defenseman John Moore said. “The guy’s 42. When I’m 42, I’m certainly not going to be the first guy in the gym, weighing all my food, squatting the most on the team.”🎥 John Moore on Zdeno Chara taking part in morning skate: “That’s toughness, that’s leadership…the guy’s a legend for a reason.” pic.twitter.com/vpwB99iRjS— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 6, 2019Chara, 42, left Monday’s game at the 3:07 mark of the second period with blood dripping from his mouth in what became a 4-2 loss that evened the series at 2-2.The Bruins haven’t offered any specifics on Chara’s injury, but The Athletic’s Blues reporter and Boston’s WEEI radio reported Tuesday that Chara’s jaw was broken in the incident. Both reports cited unidentified sources.Cassidy after the game said only Chara “had some stitches, probably (will have) some dental work in the near future.”Although WEEI’s source characterized Chara as “done-ski” for the Stanley Cup Final, Chara’s taking part in Thursday’s skate raises the possibility, even likelihood, that he’ll try and play. Chara wasn’t on the ice for the team’s practice Wednesday morning in Boston (per masslive.com).“We prepare as if he’s going to play,” Blues coach Craig Berube said Wednesday (via KSDK.com). “That team will be hungry and that team will be desperate.”Fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will be out. He has been down since he was injured in Game 2 after a boarding penalty by the Blues’ Oskar Sundqvist, who was suspended for Game 3 over the high hit.Veteran Steven Kampfer and youngster Urho Vaakanainen, 20, practiced Wednesday on the Bruins’ third and fourth defensive pairings.#NHLBruins practice lines:Marchand – Bergeron – PastrnakDeBrusk – Krejci – BackesJohansson – Coyle – HeinenNordstrom – Kuraly – AcciariMoore – McAvoyKrug – CarloKampfer – CliftonGrzelcyk – VaakanainenRaskHalak— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 5, 2019After Chara went out Monday, Boston was forced to rely on its remaining five defensemen. Charlie McAvoy led the Bruins with 25:51 of ice time and Torey Krug was second at 24:11, per NHL.com.There’s this context too: The re-energized Blues claimed after their victory that the relatively penalty-free heavy game they played to tie the series Monday took its toll on a thin Bruins back end. “I think we are wearing them down when they don’t have six (defensemen),” Sundqvist said. “Obviously, you don’t want to see a guy take puck in the mouth. It’s kind of like when you saw (Blues defenseman Vince Dunn) do it. But five D against our forecheck, I don’t think it’s that easy.” Chara was injured when Blues center Brayden Schenn’s shot hit Chara’s stick and deflected into his face. Chara fell to the ice and when he lifted his head there was blood visible. Cameras caught him with a bloodied mouth as he skated off the ice.Ouch. 😷Zdeno Chara headed straight to the dressing room after taking a puck to the mouth. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/q0zZWErwq3— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019The defenseman returned to the bench in the third period with a full clear mask but did not get back into the game.“That’s the type of guy he is, come out and be there to support,” Bruins center Charlie Coyle said. “You never want to see that happen to anyone, especially someone on your team, someone who is such a big part of our team playing-wise, leadership-wise. It’s not an ideal situation, but it’s how you respond to adversity and you see a lot of it during this time of year.”UPDATE: Zdeno Chara has returned for the 3rd period with a full face cage. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/SbOvPQolhI— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 4, 2019Through 20 playoff games, Chara is plus-12 with a goal and four assists. He played more than 24 minutes in Games 2 and 3, but was limited by the injury to just 8:23 in Game 4, though he did pick up an assist on Coyle’s goal.The Blues were leading 2-1 when Chara went out, but the Bruins quickly scored in his absence to tie the score heading into the final period. Zdeno Chara is “a legend for a reason,” an awed Bruins teammate says.The Boston captain, who reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday in St. Louis when he was struck in the face with a puck, is active for Game 5 and will start. St. Louis scored two unanswered goals in the third to seal the first Stanley Cup Final victory on home ice in Blues history — and turn the series into a best-of-three affair.Game 5 is set for 8 p.m. ET Thursday at TD Bank Garden.With reporting by Sporting News’ Jackie Spiegel in Boston.last_img read more

Myles Garrett’s sickening helmet swing at Steelers’ Mason Rudolph adds to chaos around Browns

first_imgHere is the FULL incident with Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph and Maurkice Pouncey at the end #Steelers pic.twitter.com/RwZNmuPtT2— Steelers Depot 🦃🍗🍽🙏 (@Steelersdepot) November 15, 2019Whatever Rudolph may have said or done to agitate Garrett in the waning seconds while being dragged to the ground at he Dawg Pound is irrelevant. Garrett turning Rudolph’s helmet into a dangerous weapon against him, was “inexcusable,” as Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield told Fox’s Erin Andrews after the game.VIDEO: Steelers-Browns game highlights Garrett and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, who pushed Rudolph after the swing, were ejected. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was thrown out for kicking and punching Garrett in retaliation.Rudolph called the swing a “bush league” and “cowardly move” by Garrett. Like Mayfield, he, too, is exactly right.Garrett is bound to receive a lengthy suspension from the NFL, something he appeared to sense when he spoke with reporters postgame.”I made a mistake, I lost my cool and I regret it. It’s going to come back to hurt our team,” he said (video via Cleveland.com). BENDER: NFL must suspend Garrett to teach undisciplined Browns Nearly 17 years ago, Saints offensive lineman Kyle Turley was only fined for removing and throwing the helmet of a Jets defender. This was a far cry from that incident. Given the fact that Garrett violently attacked Rudolph, there’s a good chance Garrett might not play another game this season.The Browns have been ripped throughout their disappointing season, which improved to only 4-6 after Thursday night’s Week 11 win, for undisciplined play. They played a dominant defensive game for four quarters vs. Pittsburgh, led by their leader, middle linebacker Joe Schobert. They had a season-high four interceptions, doubling their season total.They still ended up being flagged eight times for 121 yards. They couldn’t just walk off the field and enjoy a convincing win, one in which they had already made a physical statement to Rudolph and the Steelers’ offensive line, and in which Mayfield and the offense turned in one of their cleanest performances of the season. Garrett, like Mayfield and Schobert, is supposed to set an example for other Browns as they try to transition to a winning team, but the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, as freakish an athlete and well-techniqued a pass-rusher and run defender as he is, has been known to take things to the limit when he takes down players. He crossed the line Thursday.MORE: Players past and present react to Garrett’s actThis is the AFC North, where we’ve seen tempers flare regularly between the Steelers and the rival Bengals and Ravens in prime time. We’ve seen the dirty with Vontaze Burfict and the clean with Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The Steelers have had their share of both, from James Harrison to Troy Polamalu.There has been no real rivalry with the Browns, given the Steelers’ domination of them since 2002. Just when the Browns were becoming relevant against them and possibly turning the corner, Garrett threw everything out the window by wielding that helmet.”Hurt my whole team with what I did,” he told reporters (video via ESPN), adding that he’ll address the entire squad at some point. “Could come back to bite us, and I don’t know what repercussions I face, but, (I’ve) got to be better.” The Browns beat the Steelers for the first time in five years, but they somehow still managed to lose in the game — with one of their best players losing his cool.What joy Cleveland got from ending an eight-game winless streak in a dominant 21-7 victory was completely ruined by third-year defensive end Myles Garrett’s vicious helmet swing to the head of Pittsburgh second-year quarterback Mason Rudolph. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens has gotten plenty of heat for not being able to control his team, and that’s why he’s already on the hot seat in his first season. He wanted to talk after the game about what happened during the game, but now the result will never feel like a job-saving moment.”I’m embarrassed, Myles is embarrassed,” Kitchens told reporters. “It’s not good.”It really doesn’t get any worse. Thanks to Garrett, the Browns’ win over the Steelers will leave them with more questions than answers about their disorganization and chaos.last_img read more


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