This is surreal. But you gotta love it.
On Tuesday, a report from The Athletic's Jeremy Rutherford indicated that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 in St. Louis after taking a shot to the mouth from Blues centre Brayden Schenn early in the second period.
Ever since, we’ve been wondering if Chara will play in tonight’s Game 5 in Boston and it seems like the star defenseman will be on the ice for the pivotal contest.
Chara took part in the team's optional skate ahead of Game 5 on Thursday sporting a full-face visor.
What makes this even more stunning is what was revealed by some media members after the skate when they asked the Bruins’ public relations team if they could speak with Chara after practice.
It was revealed that Chara’s mouth is closed shut, he cannot speak or open his mouth. However, he did agree to answer two questions with the help of a pen and paper.
You can't make this stuff up.
He was first asked about his biggest challenge as he plays though the serious injury. He simply answered that at this time in the postseason, everyone is playing with injuries and have challenges to overcome. He says he is no different than any player on either team.
He then wrote this when asked on weighing further injury with playing:
“You don’t think about that. You think about playing. You don’t go into a game thinking you might get hurt.”
Fans are thinking about it though! This is incredible. You have to acknowledge how badly the 42-year-old wants to win. And you have to respect it.
The Bruins might get another boost tonight as defenseman Matt Grzelcyk also took part in the optional on Thursday wearing a regular black jersey and head coach Bruce Cassidy also made him a game-time decision for the contest later tonight.