Zdeno Chara

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.

Related: Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do

Chara misses practice, is day-to-day after blocking shot off ankle

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Zdeno Chara missed practiced today and is reportedly day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Coach Claude Julien called it a “maintenance day” and said Chara may be able to practice tomorrow.

Chara was reportedly “hobbled” when he dropped down to block a shot off his ankle Saturday versus Toronto. He was not forced from the game, however.

The Bruins announced this morning that they’d recalled defenseman Joe Morrow from AHL Providence on an emergency basis.

Boston has three games left in the regular season, all of them on the road. The B’s play Wednesday in Washington, Thursday in Florida, and Saturday in Tampa Bay.

Related: Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do

Video: Zdeno Chara bloodies Trevor Smith

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Sometimes an innocuous hit can draw blood. That’s especially true when Boston Bruins behemoth Zdeno Chara is delivering the check.

That was evident on Saturday, as a fairly typical-looking hit left Toronto Maple Leafs forward Trevor Smith bloody:

More bad news for the B’s — Hamilton out ‘indefinitely’

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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a suspected shoulder injury.

That’s the latest bit of bad news from Boston, where the desperate Bruins, now outside the playoff picture with just nine games remaining, are preparing to face Anaheim on Thursday.

Hamilton missed Sunday’s loss in Tampa Bay; he played just 13:11 Saturday against the Panthers in Sunrise. The 21-year-old has been a fixture on the Bruins’ blue line this season, with 10 goals and 32 assists in 72 games while averaging 21:20 in ice time.

Hamilton joins defenseman Kevan Miller (out for the season) on the injured list, leaving the B’s with a defense that may look something like this against the Ducks:

Zdeno Chara — Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug — Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski — Zach Trotman

No word if Hamilton will be able to return before the regular season is over. But according to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, it’s feared the injury is “significant.”

Bruins pass Capitals with fifth straight win

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Milan Lucic scored his 15th of the season and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as the Boston Bruins blanked the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Zdeno Chara added an empty-netter in the final minute.

With the win, Boston has now won five straight and seven of its last nine and moves past the Washington Capitals for the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins have a game in hand on the Caps.

Boston’s win coupled with Detroit’s loss in Philly leaves the Bruins just three points back of the Wings in the Atlantic Division. Detroit has one game in hand.

Pittsburgh played much of the game without both Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby.

Crosby was a late scratch from the lineup due to illness and replaced by Craig Adams following the pre-game skate.

Malkin took a hit from Chris Kelly on his first shift of the game and was shaken up. He left the game briefly, but returned to finish the first period. He did not return to start the second.

Rask’s shutout was his third of the season and the 26th of his career.

Thomas Greiss made 28 saves in the loss.

With Saturday’s victory, Boston wins the season series taking two of three from Pittsburgh. The Penguins won the first meeting 3-2 in overtime on Nov. 24. The Bruins edged the Pens with a 3-2 overtime win on Jan. 7.