Bruins' Zdeno Chara shares the gruesome details of his fractured jaw


It turns out Zdeno Chara's jaw was very much broken in the Stanley Cup Final.

The Boston Bruins defenseman confirmed to reporters Friday he suffered "multiple fractures" after taking a puck to the face in Game 4 against the St. Louis Blues. He's expected to need over a month to recover and has been on a mostly liquid diet, per NBC Sports Boston's Matt Castle and The Athletic's Fluto Shinzawa.

CBS Sports' Pete Blackburn also reported Friday that Chara's jaw was separated in two parts and needed to be held together by pins.

The extent of Chara's injury makes it all the more incredible that he returned for Game 5 in Boston despite not being able to speak earlier in the day.

The Bruins captain logged 16 minutes of ice time in Game 5, scored a goal in Game 6 and tallied two hits and a blocked shot in Boston's Game 7 loss to the Blues.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, Chara apparently was also dealing with a lower body injury suffered during the final game of the Eastern Conference Final.

The 42-year-old's season ended in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night, but his ability to play through excruciating injury will be the stuff of legends.

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