Zdeno Chara's status uncertain for Game 5 after taking puck to mouth

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, was advised not to play throughout the third period and his status is uncertain for Game 5, head coach Bruce Cassidy revealed after the game.

Chara attempted to block a shot from St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn, but the puck ricocheted off his stick and struck him, sending him crashing down to the ice, visibly bleeding.

The veteran defenceman wore a clear cage on his helmet upon returning from the locker room during the third, and though he returned to the bench, Chara didn’t take a single shift during the third period as the Bruins lost 4-2 to the Blues.

See photos from the play and its aftermath: 

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ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 03: Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues plays the puck against Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins in Game Four of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 03, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, lies on the ice after being hit in the face by the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, lies on the ice after getting hit in the face with the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, lies on the ice after getting hit in the face with the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, kneels on the ice after being hit in the face by the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33), of Slovakia, is helped off the ice after getting hit in the face with the puck during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues Monday, June 3, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 3: Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara leaves the ice with a bloody mouth after a hit in the second period. The St. Louis Blues host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO on June 3, 2019. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 03: Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, center, is seen on the ice after being injured during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins on June 3, 2019, at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO. (Photo by Tim Spyers/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Although Chara toughed it out for his teammates on the bench, he might be in danger of missing Game 5.

This isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re so inclined, here’s how Chara’s incident happened.

And here’s a close-up of Chara leaving the ice.

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