If Zdeno Chara played with a broken finger, the Bruins’ president was unaware of it.
During an interview Thursday afternoon on 98.5 The Sports Hub, Cam Neely said he did not know if Chara played injured against Montreal.
The Canadian website TheScore.com reported that the Bruins captain played the final three playoff games against the Canadiens with a fractured finger. The report also said Chara will need surgery.
Peter Chiarelli did not return a call from the Globe Thursday. The general manager and coach Claude Julien have a scheduled season-ending news conference Friday at 2 p.m.
Chara, 37, was slashed on the hand in Game 3. He left the game, but returned. TheScore.com claims Chara was hurt in Game 4.
Clearly, he was not himself afterward.
In Game 6, he appeared tentative defending Max Pacioretty on a breakaway on Tuukka Rask. Pacioretty scored to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead.
In Game 7, Chara fell a couple of times and was not a factor in front of the net when the Bruins were on the power play.
Chara’s agent, Matt Keator, said Chara asked him not to comment. Keator added that he expects the club to address the story, likely Friday afternoon.