Bruins mum on Chara

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

BOSTON - Michael Cammalleri scored for the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

Earlier in the day, the winger had a direct hit on Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi.

Things are heating up a bit between the Habs and the Bruins.

With the news at the morning skate being Bruins captain Zdeno Chara visited the hospital to be treated for dehydration - he wound up being scratched for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal - Cammalleri begged off commenting on Charas medical status.

Im no MD, so Im not going to be like Mark Recchi and diagnose the other team, he said, a shot at the Bs veteran who claimed the Habs had embellished the injuries suffered by winger Max Pacioretty in an attempt to get Chara suspended after his hit last month that left Pacioretty with a fractured verterbra.

Bruins coach Claude Julien defended his captain, who took the warmup before being scratched, and lauded his effort to try and play.

I spoke to him and even attempting to come was courageous on his part, but there was absolutely no way he could have played tonight, said Julien. Its unfortunate. We missed him.

Julien hinted that dehydration isnt Charas only problem.

Thats one of the situations and were not going to comment any further on that, he said. I know that hes been beat up a little bit with some of you media that think you know better than anybody else, but there was no way that he could play. Its disappointing to see people making comments...he tried his best and couldnt play. So, (its) disappointing that people would even question this guy for what he is and what hes done.

Julien wasnt sure about Charas availability for Game 3 Monday.

Were feeling confident that he will be, but, if Im gauging by today, I cant make that assessment...well see how these next two days go.

Charas place was taken in the lineup by journeyman Shane Hnidy, who was signed as a free agent in late February.


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