Zdeno Chara injury update: Bruins' defenseman returns to bench after hurting leg

The Bruins already lost Charlie McAvoy for Game 1 so they can’t afford to lose Zdeno Chara.

Zdeno Chara went to the locker room after suffering an apparent injury when blocking a shot off the stick of Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho in Game 1 of the Conference Finals on Thursday.

The shot hit right off the outside of his right foot and he was clearly in pain on the bench.

Update: Chara was back on the bench to start the second period with the game tied 1-1. We’ll see if the shot has adverse effects on his performance.