BOSTON A big bombshell was waiting at the TD Garden when everybody arrived for morning skate on Saturday morning as it was confirmed that Zdeno Chara was hospitalized Friday night for a case of dehydration.The 33-year-old defenseman wasnt feeling well after going through a full practice on Friday morning in the wake of playing 25 plus minutes against the Habs in Thursday nights Game 1 loss at the Garden.While its not definite that Chara will be in the lineup against the Habs for tonights Game 2, Bruins coach Claude Julien didnt deem it much of an issue as he hadnt yet heard a discouraging word from the Bs training staff. With all things being equal, it would appear that Chara is going to play in a pivotal Game 2 against the Habs.The question remains whether the dehydration issue will affect how many minutes Bostons workhorse defenseman will be available for against the speedy, undersized Montreal forwards.Until somebody tells me that he cant go tonight, hes playing, said Julien. So thats basically all I can tell you. Im certainly not going to be the guy thats going to be making the final decision. Our medical people are, but they have yet to tell me that he cant go.The big Slovakian might be a little weakened after a trip to the hospital, but theres virtually no way the Captain doesnt answer the bell for the Bruins in their time of need down 0-1 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup series. If somehow Chara isnt able to play, veteran blueliner Shane Hnidy would be his replacement in the Boston lineup. But in reality, theres nobody on Bostons roster that can replace what Chara brings to the table on a nightly basis as a Norris Trophy-caliber defender."That's why I'm here," said Hnidy. "Every day you come in here with that mindset that you might be playing."The Boston Herald was the first to report on Chara's hospitalization.
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