ST. LOUIS — Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final at 3:07 of the second period when he was struck in the face by a puck.
St. Louis center Brayden Schenn fired a shot that struck Chara's outstretched stick and deflected into his face. He dropped to the ice and when he lifted his head there was a blood stain and he was seen on cameras with a bloodied mouth. He headed straight to the locker room and did not return for the duration of the second period.
The Blues were leading 2-1 when the defenseman was struck. The Bruins are already playing without defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who is in concussion protocol after a hit sustained in Game 2 that resulted in the suspension of the Blues' Oskar Sundqvist.
Chara returned to the bench at the start of the third period with the game tied 2-2 wearing a full face shield; However, he did not immediately see any ice time.
Ouch, Chara takes a puck to the mouth and he's off to the locker room #NHLBruinspic.twitter.com/JmfiBYXuFu
Zdeno Chara headed straight to the dressing room after taking a puck to the mouth. #StanleyCuppic.twitter.com/q0zZWErwq3
Zdeno Chara is leaking blood after taking a puck up high pic.twitter.com/GbtxVKHNjU
FISHBOWL CHARA pic.twitter.com/mbmy9OTVsb
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