Bruins' Chara could play in Game 5 despite injury

Boston Bruins veteran defenseman Zdeno Chara, who reportedly has a broken jaw, could play Thursday night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said if the medical staff clears Chara, who was injured in Game 4, the player can make a game-time decision about playing.

"The doctor has to give him the green light, then it'll be his call. If the doctor doesn't, then he has no say in the matter," Cassidy said.

Chara was injured Monday night when a shot from the St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn deflected off Chara's stick and hit him in the face.

The 42-year-old skated Thursday morning in the optional pre-game skate wearing a face shield.

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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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NHL public relations confirmed to reporters that Chara is unable to speak -- or even open his mouth. He provided answers to reporters' questions in writing.

When asked about the challenge of skating with this injury, he responded:

"At this time of the playoffs, everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play. I'm no different than any player on either team."

Cassidy said defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has been in the concussion protocol since Game 2, also will be a game-time decision. Grzelcyk skated Thursday morning without the red, non-contact jersey he wore on Wednesday.

The best-of-seven series returns to Boston for Game 5 with the series tied at 2-2.

--Field Level Media

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