It's easy to believe that the team might trust the veteran Kampfer more to play in the Stanley Cup Final, even if Vaakanainen has a higher upside. This marks the Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup Final win on home ice.
Clearly, if Chara can't go in Game 5 that's going to be a significant development for a Bruins team that still uses him heavily for the penalty kill and for shutting down the oppositions best players. "Obviously, he's got to get back to Boston and get looked at a little closer and we'll go from there".
Chara's Game 4 injury seems significantly worse than his other previous playoff ailments.
The Bruins have not yet confirmed Chara's status heading into Game 5, which is scheduled to be played Thursday in Boston.
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That often leads to the holding and hooking penalties players commit when they can't keep up. "He's been huge for us all year". Like I said, we've lost Game 3s in all three rounds and really came back and played well in Game 4s".
A six-time All-Star and the perennial team leader in minutes played, Chara played a career-low (not counting lockout years) 62 games this season because of an unspecified injury that kept him out six weeks in November and December.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy offered no update on Chara's condition after arriving in Boston on Tuesday except to say the 2009 Norris Trophy victor was on his way to see a doctor.
"This matchup is not good with "Z" out, let's face it", said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. The Blues are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in Boston and the favorite is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. "So I can't say whether he'll play in Game 5 or not". The Boston Bruins are averaging 3.4 goals per game and are scoring on 34.8 percent of their power play opportunities.
"I've said it all playoffs: Things don't really seem to faze us", said captain Alex Pietrangelo, who assisted on O'Reilly's goals. Tuukka Rask has given up 42 goals on 672 shots faced. "Even after past year, you hear it all summer". The skilled 20-year-old Finnish defenseman was a first-round pick in 2017 but he's only played two games at the National Hockey League level - both of them coming in October before he suffered a concussion and spent the rest of the year in the AHL.