Zdeno Chara was hurt during the first period of Thursday's game against the Islanders.
Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks because of a torn left knee ligament.
Chara was hurt during the first period of Thursday's game against the New York Islanders while delivering a hit to John Tavares.
Tests revealed a torn posterior cruciate ligament. Surgery will not be required, for now.
"It's obviously a blow," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on Friday. "He's one of the premier defensemen in the league, but I'd rather have it 4-to-6 weeks than 4-to-6 months."
Bruins try to cope without 'irreplaceable' Chara
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Since Zdeno Chara joined the Boston Bruins over eight years ago the club has rarely had to get by without their star defenseman.
That's all about to change.
Chara left Thursday's game against the New York Islanders and he won't be coming back for at least a month. Considering how Boston fared without its captain in the lineup for the majority of Thursday's tilt, the B's will be counting the days until the heart and soul of the team is back on the ice.