Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 27: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins skates against the St. Louis Blues during the third period in Game One of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on May 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

It’s going to take a lot more than a Vladimir Tarasenko bullet off the forearm to knock Zdeno Chara out of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

On the ice with the Bruins protecting a two-goal edge late in the third period of Monday’s 4-2 Game 1 victory, the B’s captain had no problem throwing his arm in the way of a Tarasenko blast, and seemingly paid for it. Hunched over as his forearm/wrist area appeared to gush blood, the 6-foot-9 Chara winced and made his way down to the Boston locker room.

But speaking with reporters after the victory, Chara calmed any injury worries with a ‘it’s just a flesh wound’ remark of sorts.

“I’m fine,” Chara said after the win. “I just got a cut. So, I just needed a couple of stitches.”

Chara’s block wasn’t exactly game-saving given the score of the game, of course, but it was appreciated by his Boston teammates, as the Bruins finished with 12 blocked shots in front of Tuukka Rask (18 saves on 20 shots).

“We play for each other, everybody’s willing to do the dirty work,” Rask said of his defense. 

Chara, who missed the Black and Gold’s Game 4 closeout victory over the Hurricanes in the third round, finished Game 1 with one assist, two hits, two blocked shots, and a shot on goal in 19:38 of time on ice.

The 42-year-old Chara and Co. will go for a 2-0 series lead on Wednesday night.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.