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Chara suffered fractured ankle, will miss Worlds


Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reportedly suffered a fractured ankle late in the regular season, an injury that will sideline him for the upcoming World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

Update: The Bruins announced that he specifically suffered a non-displaced fracture to his left fibula and will take about a month to recover. Here’s the full statement:

The Boston Bruins announced today, Tuesday, April 21 the following injury update: defenseman Zdeno Chara has a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula and the recovery time is approximately four weeks from today. The injury will not require surgery.

According to Slovakian news outlet Sport.sme, Team Slovak head coach Vladimir Vujtek has already ruled the towering d-man out of the tournament, which will run from May 1-17. While details are scarce as to the actual injury, it’s possible Chara fractured the ankle while blocking a shot against Toronto in the Bruins’ fourth-last game of the year.

If that’s the case, it’s fairly remarkable — Chara proceeded to play in the final three games of the season, playing at least 23 minutes in each.

This is the latest in what’s been a rough campaign, health-wise, for the 38-year-old (that turns 39 in May.) Chara earlier suffered a permanently torn PCL that left him at less than 100 percent for a good portion of the season; despite that, he still appeared in 63 games and averaged over 23 minutes per night.

Farewell, Merlot: Bruins parting ways with Paille, Campbell

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The Merlot Line has officially been put out to vineyard.

On Monday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that UFA forwards Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell — who, along with the already departed Shawn Thornton, once formed Boston’s popular fourth line — wouldn’t be re-signed this summer.

Paille, 30, has been the Bruins since 2009 and achieved some good success, emerging as a useful contributor during the 2011 Stanley Cup victory and the ’13 Finals appearance (Paille scored four goals and nine points during that latter run, averaging 12:32 TOI per night.)

Campbell, 31, spent the last five years in Boston. A gritty checking forward, he forever etched himself in Bruins lore with this shift against Pittsburgh in the ’13 Eastern Conference Final — in which he played on a broken leg:

This year, though, Campbell and Paille struggled. They were two of the club’s worst forwards in terms of possession (click here) and neither produced much offensively; Campbell scored just six goals in 70 games while Paille had six in 71.

In the wake of Boston missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years, Paille and Campbell aren’t expected to be the only changes — but their departures are still significant. Aside from being the first (and, speediest) moves by Chiarelli this offseason, the two veterans contributed largely to Boston’s identity over the last five years.

Now that they’re gone, only a handful of regulars remain from the Cup-winning team: Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid and Milan Lucic — the latter of whom has already seen his name appear in trade speculation.

Julien: ‘When you don’t make the playoffs, you’ve failed’

Claude Julien, Scott Kozari

The unthinkable was made official on Saturday as the Boston Bruins were eliminated from the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Perhaps the best phrasing would be “the Bruins failed to make the playoffs,” as that word seemed to come up pretty often as key members of the team reacted to their postseason run ending.

“Everybody’s pretty down right now,” Head coach Claude Julien said. “When you don’t make the playoffs, as you know, you’ve failed.”

Brad Marchand echoed such a thought, deeming the 2014-15 campaign “a failure of a season,” according to WEEI’s DJ Bean.

Then again, maybe Marchand and Julien jumped to the “acceptance” phase of grieving while others haven’t quite made it there yet. More than a few Bruins seem stuck in “confusion.”

Zdeno Chara said it’s “tough to find words” to explain the letdown while Patrice Bergeron seemed in the middle: knowing that they failed, but not completely comprehending the turn of events.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, they have a longer-than-usual offseason to contemplate what went wrong … and then maybe address what needs to change.

Tuukka Rask, meanwhile, honestly got a little dark:

Tough times.

NHL on NBCSN: Fighting for playoffs spot, Bruins hope third time’s the charm vs. Caps

Braden Holtby, Milan Lucic

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign tonight with a doubleheader. The first of the two contests will feature the Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins, with the puck scheduled to drop at 8:00 p.m. ET. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

Boston has won five straight games to keep itself in the playoff race, but with the Ottawa Senators’ surge continuing, it hasn’t been enough to secure a postseason berth for the Bruins.

A loss against the Washington Capitals tonight won’t push the Bruins out of the playoff picture, but it would make the margin of error for Boston significantly smaller in its final two contests against Florida and Tampa Bay. Maintaining the winning streak will be tough for the Bruins against the similarly hot Capitals, but Boston at least caught a bit of a break during Tuesday’s practice.

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was back on the ice after being held off on Monday. He had been labeled as day-to-day, but Bruins coach Claude Julien now seems optimistic about Chara’s chances of being available for tonight’s game.

That would certainly be a boost, although it might not be enough. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has already earned two shutouts against Boston this season. Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom has also been a thorn in the Bruins’ side with four points over those two games.

“We’re not here certainly feeling overconfident,” said Julien, per the team’s website. “Because we still haven’t scored on them yet in two games, so we need to be better there tomorrow and find a way to get past their goaltender.”

Perhaps Ryan Spooner will ultimately be the one to solve Washington. Since being called up on Feb. 21, Spooner has been a key forward for Boston with eight goals and 18 points in 21 games. If not for his efforts, Boston might not be in a playoff position going into today’s action.

“We talk about bringing some young legs in, we talk about speed, we talk about skill — (Spooner’s) been able to bring that,” Julien said. “When he was here the first few times, he just brought portions of that. Now, he’s brought it all, and it’s made a big difference in his game. It’s made a big difference in our game.”

Washington has already secured a postseason berth, but the Capitals still need these two points. As things currently stand, it looks like they’ll be in for a tough battle against the New York Islanders in the first round. What remains to be seen is which team will have the home-ice advantage in that series and a win tonight would certainly help Washington as it tries to clinch the second seed in the Metropolitan Division.

Chara practices, expected to play Wednesday versus Caps

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The Boston Bruins should have Zdeno Chara in the lineup tomorrow in Washington; the big captain was back at practice today after missing yesterday.

“It feels good,” he said, per the Bruins’ website. “I practiced today. We had a good practice and worked on a few things, getting ready for Washington.”

Chara’s absence Monday came two days after he blocked a shot off his ankle versus Toronto.

“I mean, we all block shots, we all do whatever it takes to win, and that situation obviously I decided to make a play by blocking and that was it,” he said.

One key defenseman the Bruins will not have for the Capitals game is Dougie Hamilton (ribs). He skated by himself today, but won’t travel with the team to Washington.

The Bruins also play Thursday and Saturday at Florida and Tampa Bay, respectively.

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