Chara's status for Game 5 unclear after taking puck to face

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Boston captain Zdeno Chara getting was knocked out of the game by a puck to the mouth.

The Bruins have made it through the playoffs without defenseman Kevan Miller and also lost Matt Grzelcyk when he took an elbow to the head in Game 2 and needed to be helped off the ice.

During the 2013 final against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins forward suffered torn rib cartilage in Game 4, a broken rib on his left side in Game 5 and a separated right shoulder and a punctured left lung in Game 6.

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The Bruins have two days off before they host Game 5 against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the best-of-7 series is tied. "He wanted to come out on the bench and be with his teammates".

Cassidy said Chara "had some stitches, probably [will have] some dental work in the near future".

It's expected that Chara will miss the rest of the series with such a serious injury.

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The NHL on NBC posted this message to Twitter with an adorable picture, "The record for the youngest baby ever in the #StanleyCup has just been set at Mercy Saint Louis, just 20 minutes old!" Steven Kampfer could get the call, but if Bruce Cassidy wants to replace Chara's left-shot, the only option is rookie Urho Vaakanainen.

Chara's Game 4 injury seems significantly worse than his other previous playoff ailments.

"If both guys (Chara and Grzelcyk) are out, it's not an easy decision", Cassidy said. The thought was that they might break out after having a big power play night in Game 3, but the Blues' fourth line - with Oskar Sundqvist back in the fold after serving a one-game suspension - did a great job to shut them down in Game 4.

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If the Blues can play disciplined, avoid taking unnecessary penalties and just stick to playing between the whistles, they should be in good shape. There's value with the plus money here and if the Blues bring that physical play from the start, they could steal another one in Boston.

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