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Zdeno Chara’s injury does not appear as bad as feared

Zdeno Chara was checked into the boards by Ryan Bourque of the Rangers Thursday night.
Zdeno Chara was checked into the boards by Ryan Bourque of the Rangers Thursday night. Winslow Townson/Associated Press

The Bruins were vague about the location and extent of the upper-body injury Zdeno Chara suffered in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Rangers at TD Garden. But it doesn’t sound as if the team captain will miss an extended amount of time.

“He’s day to day, which is good news for us,” said coach Claude Julien. “That’s what I’ve been told. So, that’s all I can say now.”

When pressed about whether Chara would be in the lineup for opening night Oct. 8, Julien said, “It’s day to day. That’s all I’ve been told. I’m not the doctor obviously, but day to day is good news for me. I thought it might be worse last night.”

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Last season, the big defenseman missed 19 games because of an early-season knee injury. The Bruins went 11-7-1 in his absence.

“Obviously, you saw what it did to our team last year with the stretch of games that he missed,” said defenseman Torey Krug. “You’d like to think that our system and our team is greater than just one player.

“He’s the biggest part of our team, our captain, our leader, and it’s tough to play without your leader. But I don’t know what his deal is. If we have to play without him, we move forward. We don’t look back.”


Shira Springer can be reached at springer@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ShiraSpringer