The worst-kept secret in hockey is now out: Zdeno Chara indeed broke his jaw during the Stanley Cup Final.
The Boston Bruins confirmed the injury Friday afternoon at the club’s breakup day, two days after losing to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Cup Final.
Chara told reporters he actually suffered multiple fractures after taking a puck in the face during Game 4 in St. Louis. CBS Sports’ Pete Blackburn said he heard Chara’s jaw was broken in two places — one on each side of his face — and had to have pins placed in his jaw after the right side was separated into two parts.
Despite the painful-sounding injury, Chara essentially just missed one period of hockey. He was back in the lineup for Game 5 and played the rest of the series.
The broken jaw made it easy to forget Chara also missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. He told reporters Friday he was dealing with a lower-body injury that will require an MRI.