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Bruins' Chara progressing from finger injury

by Shawn Roarke

LAS VEGAS -- Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara says the injury he sustained to one of the fingers on his left hand during the Stanley Cup Playoffs is getting progressively better.

"It's good. It's healed," Chara said Monday during Media Day for the 2014 NHL Awards. "Still looking to get full feeling back, but it is something we'll stay on top of and see that it gets better."

The exact injury has never been revealed, but Chara said that he sustained a fracture.

Zdeno Chara
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 17 | ASST: 23 | PTS: 40
SOG: 168 | +/-: 25
"It was a break and a big cut," he said.

Chara said no surgery will be necessary, but admitted he does not yet have full feeling in the injured digit. He also stressed the injury is not an excuse for why the Bruins crashed out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second round, upset in seven games by the Montreal Canadiens.

"It was one of those things where it was a little bit of discomfort holding the stick or shooting, but it didn't affect me," Chara said.

With more than a month to digest the loss to Boston's most bitter rival, Chara has still not come fully to terms with what happened.

"It's still obviously disappointing, especially after the season we had," Chara said. "It comes down to that we didn't play our best hockey. You can point out a lot of different things, but if you don't play your best in the playoffs, you are not going to win. We were probably not playing the way we were during the regular season. We were not as good defensively. We just weren't focusing on the right task. It is one of those things that I don't know if the pressure got to us or we were too excited. We just couldn't find that right balance to play our best hockey."

Despite the unsettling loss to Montreal, Chara believes the team is still capable of competing for the Stanley Cup.

"I think that we are built that way," said Chara, who is one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy as the League's top defenseman. "Management is always filling the holes pretty well and trying to replace players that we lose through free agency or trades. We are always playing that kind of style that gives us a chance to go deep."

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