It’s remarkable that Chara is even playing considering he had his jaw wired shut, but Don Cherry believes that he could’ve done one thing to prevent the injury.
“Young coaches, [sticks] at the side, never out in front,” Cherry exclaimed during Coach’s Corner on Hockey Night in Canada. “I watch the TV down here, I watch the papers, the whole deal. Not once did they say ‘a stupid play.’”
“Here’s a guy, 42 years old, wasn’t taught when he was a kid,” Cherry continued. “I played 16 years, never had that happen to me. You never put your stick out like that. Here’s a guy – 42 years old – never learned when he was young.”
Chara suffered the injury in Game 4 after Blues forward Brayden Schenn’s shot ricocheted off the Bruins defenceman’s stick and onto his jaw.
The veteran blue-liner remained rooted to the bench for the rest of Game 4, but was medically cleared to play in Game 5.