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Report: Zdeno Chara played through fractured finger

05.15.14 at 7:56 pm ET
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Slovakian national team general manager Otto Sykora told reporters Thursday that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara would not be joining the Slovakian team at the World Hockey Championships because Chara required surgery on a finger he fractured during the second round of the NHL playoffs against the Canadiens.

Chara was slashed in the first period of Game 3 by Michael Bournival and left the ice briefly but returned to the game. Chara’s play diminished as the series went on, and he looked to be in pain after being slashed in the same area by Max Pacioretty in Game 7.

The final two games of the series were particularly bad for Chara, as he failed to take the body on Pacioretty in Game 6 on a play in which Pacioretty scored, while he had a pair of weak giveaways during a first-period penalty kill in Game 7 and saw Montreal’s final goal of the series go off his skate and past Tuukka Rask.

This marks the second consecutive season in which Chara had to play through an injury at the end of the season, as he struggled through a hip injury against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals last season.

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