LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara logged more than 26 minutes of ice time in Monday night’s Game 3 victory over Montreal at the Bell Centre some three days after he was hospitalized for dehydration.
Today he and the rest of Boston’s lineup regulars were off on the first of two non-game days before Thursday’s Game 4 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series the Bruins trail, 2-1. Head coach Claude Julien had a quick update on Chara, who had missed Game 2 on Saturday.
“[He’s] good. Again, he pushed hard to make what he did yesterday happen. I think there’s no doubt after the game he was tired,” said Julien. “But I think even as a healthy player playing that much, he would’ve been tired. He stood in there and I think he had a great game. And for all the challenges that were there for him to overcome – whether it was the health or what had happened there before – I thought he handled himself well. [He was] solid, physically and I think he was very focused.”
Chara was not available for comment today, as only a handful of players spoke to the media at the USA Rink at the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center, where the Bruins will practice tomorrow before heading back to Montreal.