After a dominant 7-2 win in Game 3, the opportunity was clear: Win Game 4 on Monday and take a 3-1 series lead back home with a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on home ice in Boston.
Chara returned to the bench wearing a visor over his face, but didn't go back into the game.
Considering Game 5 is not a clinching scenario, Chara's return is possible once the series shifts back to St. Louis for game six.
Clearly, if Chara can't go in Game 5 that's going to be a significant development for a Bruins team that still uses him heavily for the penalty kill and for shutting down the oppositions best players. "But we don't play for two more days".
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Looney appeared to be dragging his right shoulder in the first half, but it is unclear exactly when he suffered the injury. Kerr said before Sunday's game that it was "feasible" Durant could participate in a practice, then play in a Finals game.
O'Reilly ended an eight-game goal drought by scoring 43 seconds into the game and with 9:22 left in the third period. For defensemen, one of them rises above the rest, both literally and figuratively.
Chara was cut open in Game 1 of the series as well after taking a slap shot in the forearm. If so, buckle up.no pressure, kid. The only real consistency has been on special teams, where the Bruins have continuously outplayed St. Louis.
"We'd be putting guys in there who haven't played a ton, so maybe we've got to look at, 'OK, how does this best work out for us using guys situationally?' " Cassidy said. Tuukka Rask has given up 42 goals on 672 shots faced. Conversely, there's reason to feel great about where the Blues are at right now, but there's also reason to feel completely uneasy about that confidence. "I would expect they wouldn't get baited into somebody's comments". But right now a lot of signs point to St. Louis being the favorable team.