WILMINGTON, Mass. In true Terminator fashion, Zdeno Chara said that fear was never a part of his emotions Saturday night when his left knee buckled in the second period of Saturdays win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Chara finished his regular shift after colliding with Antoine Vermette. He wasnt limping in the postgame dressing room, but many feared the worst.
The Bs captain exited the game with roughly seven minutes to go and never returned due to what the team is calling a lower body injury. Chara admitted hell most likely miss Tuesday nights game against the Los Angeles Kings, but wouldnt rule out much beyond that despite reports hell miss at least week of games.
But Chara also added there has been no timetable put on his return to the lineup and said that the injury felt much better than he expected it to on Monday morning. The 6-foot-9 defenseman was walking without a noticeable limp or a leg brace of any kind on Monday.
I feel better than I expected. The plan is to take it a day at a time. You cant put a time frame on how it feels basically, and it feels better than I expected. So we go from there and see how it feels tomorrow, said Chara. Anytime you feel a little pain you worry a little bit that it be more serious. But when everything calms down then you just wait because during the game there are a lot of emotions and adrenaline.
Once you calm down then you really know once you sleep on it. The next day is the biggest thing. So far its been really good. Its something Im pleased with so far. Well take each day to evaluate and well go from there. At this stage we really cant talk more than 24 hours ahead.
Steve Kampfer is expected to hop into the lineup Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings in place of Chara after a long stretch of healthy scratches for the Bruins. He'll be ready should the Bs need him in the remaining four games before Christmas while Charas injury heals.