Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, and yet there's a real chance he plays Thursday night in Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues.
B's head coach Bruce Cassidy said after Thursday's optional morning skate that both Chara and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk are "game-time decisions" for the pivotal Game 5. Cassidy noted a doctor has to give Chara the green light first, then the 42-year-old defenseman can make his own call on whether to play. If the doctor says no, Chara won't go.
"They're on the ice now, so that's a good sign," Cassidy said. "We'll see how they feel around 7-7:30 tonight."
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Chara and Grzelcyk both participated in Thursday's skate and did not wear non-contact jerseys. Grzelcyk practiced Wednesday in a non-contact jersey and hasn't played since he was knocked out of Game 2 on a dangerous hit from behind.
Cassidy said the Bruins are still considering dressing 11 forwards and seven defensemen for Game 5.
The Cup Final is tied at two wins apiece entering Thursday night's matchup at TD Garden.
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