Boston Bruins

The Bruins are sending Zdeno Chara back to Boston to be re-evaluated by the team doctors, the team announced Thursday.

The 41-year-old captain was injured in the first period of Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to the Avalanche. With Chara knocked out of the game, the Bruins surrendered five unanswered goals, and were forced to rely on defensemen Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk. Krug finished the night with over 25 minutes of time on ice (averaging over a minute per shift upon Chara’s departure), while Grzelcyk finished with over 24 minutes, and was on the ice for a defense-worst three goals against.

Prior to the injury, Chara was averaging a team-leading 22:27 of time on ice per night (Chara was also averaging a team-high 3:29 of shorthanded time on ice per night), and recorded three goals and four points in 17 games.

With Chara down, the Bruins will have to turn to either Connor Clifton or Jakub Zboril for what will be their NHL debut on Friday night against the Dallas Stars. Zboril, drafted in the first round in 2013, has recorded two goals and four points in 13 AHL games this season, while Clifton has four assists in 14 games for the P-Bruins this year.

The Bruins say they will provide additional updates on Chara when available.