Boston Bruins

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – JUNE 01: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins warms up prior to Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues at Enterprise Center on June 01, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was not made available to speak to the media following Thursday’s optional morning skate at TD Garden. That’s because speaking and opening his mouth is awfully difficult for Chara, who reportedly suffered a broken jaw in Boston’s Game 4 loss to the Blues on Monday night, right now.

But that didn’t stop Chara from answering two questions from reporters with a pen and paper, as the Bruins provided answers from Chara to two questions submitted from the PHWA.

“At this time of the playoffs, everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play,” Chara said. “I’m no different than any player on either team.”

Considered a gametime decision, the 42-year-old Chara also said that he’s not worried about suffering any further injuries, especially with the Bruins just two win away from their second Stanley Cup under Chara’s leadership.

“You don’t think about [further injury],” said Chara. “You think about playing. You don’t go into a game thinking you might get hurt.”

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said that Chara’s status will be decided by both the doctor and then Chara. If the doctor gives Chara the go-ahead, it will be up to Chara to decide if he feels well enough to play.