Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left the team’s game against the New York Islanders on Thursday night with an undisclosed injury.
The team didn’t elaborate on why Chara didn’t return to the bench at the start of the second period. He had a collision with Islanders captain John Tavares midway through the first, then played one more shift that ended with 8:04 remaining in the period. There was no outward indication of an injury at that time.
The 6-foot-9 Slovakian, a third-round pick of the Islanders in 1996, is Boston’s No. 1 defenseman and spends more time on the ice than any other Bruins player. He has two goals and an assist in nine games this season.
Also Thursday, Islanders forward Josh Bailey left the game with a hand injury, and the team said he wouldn’t return.