BOSTON — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy hadn’t seen or spoken to captain Zdeno Chara Wednesday morning and didn’t have an update on his injured captain’s status.
Chara didn’t practice Wednesday and hadn’t been to the Garden. Unconfirmed reports had Chara with a broken jaw, but Cassidy was more general.
“With Zee, it’s a facial injury, no update on him. I’ll give you the prognosis on him tomorrow. That’s the best I can give you right now. He’s not here which makes it a little more difficult for him,” said Cassidy who said his only contact with his captain had been via text.
Cassidy thought his team was in a good frame of mind to adapt to playing without Chara.
“It’s tough. He is our captain and he plays valuable minutes. Against a heavier team that’s where you miss what he brings to the table,” Cassidy said. “In terms of mentality I think this team will be O.K. I don’t know if this is one game and he could be available for the next one. There is a little bit of that hope factor for us as well.”
Chara’s absence could be mitigated by the return of Matt Grzelcyk, who was back at practice and appears to be on track for a return sometime in this series and hasn’t been ruled out for Game 5.
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Grzelcyk returned to practice Wednesday.
Cassidy thought the each of players would try to help make up for Chara’s absence.
“I think Charlie will tell you. He’s going to put this on himself to be better because he doesn’t have his big brother back there,” Cassidy said.