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."
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.
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The Cup Final is tied at two wins apiece entering Thursday night's matchup at TD Garden.
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