Murph’s Musings: Source: Chara Played With Arm Injury; Kelly Had Herniated Disc

Zdeno Chara

May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) skates away as the Montreal Canadiens celebrate after Chara deflected a shot into his own goal during the third period of Montreal’s 3-1 win in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Two Bruins team sources confirmed to Murph’s Musings Thursday that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara suffered an arm injury when he was slashed in the first period of Game 3 of the second round series with the Canadiens. Chara left the game but returned and played the remainder of that game and the Bruins’ seven-game series loss to their arch rivals.

According to one of the sources, the Norris Trophy candidate received pain-killing shots before Game 7 in order to play through the pain. Chara finished the series with two assists and had four points in 12 playoff games with two goals in the first round against the Red Wings.

One of the sources also claimed that the injury that kept Chris Kelly out of the playoffs was a herniated disc. Kelly last played on April 8 against the Wild.

James Murphy is a freelance reporter who also writes for He covered the Boston Bruins/NHL for last 11 seasons writing for,,,, and Le Hockey Magazine. Murphy also currently hosts “Murphy’s Hockey Law” (Saturdays 9-11 AM ET on Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio and 4-6 PM ET on He is also a regular guest TSN 690 in Montreal and Sirius/XM NHL Network Radio.