Bruins' Zdeno Chara joins tradition of playing through pain, starts Game 5 with jaw injury


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BOSTON — Embracing the NHL’s long tradition of playing through pain in the postseason, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara started Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final after reports say he suffered a broken jaw in Game 4.

Chara, 42, the team’s shutdown defenseman, was hit in the face by St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn’s shot in Game 4. The only information coach Bruce Cassidy has provided is that Chara has stitches to close a cut and that he needs dental work.

Chara, wearing a full face shield, was wildly cheered by Bruins fans, who shouted “Chara, Chara, Chara” before the national anthem.

In case Chara struggles, the Bruins have inserted Steven Kampfer as a seventh defenseman. Forward David Backes is out of the lineup.

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