The Latest: Chara starting for Bruins in Game 5 vs Blues

Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, warms up before Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — The Latest on Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final (all times local):

8:05 p.m.

Captain Zdeno Chara is in the Boston Bruins' starting lineup for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis 48 hours after taking a puck to the jaw that inflicted a serious facial injury.

The big defenseman had a full shield over his face. With no certainty about how much Chara can play, coach Bruce Cassidy opted to dress Steven Kampfer as the seventh defenseman. Forward David Backes is out.

The Blues made one lineup change: Rugged Robert Bortuzzo is on defense in place of Joel Edmundson.

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.

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7:45 p.m.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is on the ice for pregame warmups. Matt Grzelcyk is not and will miss Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues.

Chara took a puck to the face in Game 4 on Monday night and he was a game-time decision. Chara is wearing a full face shield.

Grzelcyk will miss his third game in a row after suffering a concussion in Game 2.

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.

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12:45 p.m.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara says he is no different than any other player gutting it out in pain during the playoffs and isn't thinking about risking further damage to his face.

Chara took a puck to the face in Game 4 on Monday night against St. Louis and did not return to the ice. It wasn't known if he will play in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Chara answered two questions and the Bruins' media relations staff transcribed them and sent them to reporters.

In one answer, Chara said: "At this time of the playoffs, everyone has injuries and there are challenges that you have to overcome to play. I'm no different than any player on either team."

Asked how he weighs the risk of further injury when deciding whether to play, Chara said: "You don't think about that. You think about playing. You don't go into a game thinking you might get hurt."

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.

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11:55 a.m.

Bruins defensemen Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk are being called game-time decisions to play against the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy would not confirm Chara and Grzelcyk will take warmups ahead of Thursday night's game. Each player was on the ice for the morning skate. Chara sported a full face shield, and Grzelcyk was in a regular visor.

Chara took a puck to the face in Game 4 on Monday and did not return to the ice. Grzelcyk is eight days removed from being concussed on a hit from Oskar Sundqvist that led to the Blues forward being suspended for Game 3. Team doctors must clear him to play.

Cassidy says the team doctor also must give Chara approval to play.

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2.

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