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 Chara’s medical status.

“I’m no MD, so I’m not going to be like Mark Recchi and diagnose the other team,” he said, a shot at the B’s 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. “It’s unfortunate. We missed him.”

Julien hinted that dehydration isn’t Chara’s only problem.

“That’s one of the situations and we’re not going to comment any further on that,” he said. “I know that he’s 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. It’s disappointing to see people making comments...he tried his best and couldn’t play. So, (it’s) disappointing that people would even question this guy for what he is and what he’s done.”

Julien wasn’t sure about Chara’s availability for Game 3 Monday.

“We’re feeling confident that he will be, but, if I’m gauging by today, I can’t make that assessment...we’ll see how these next two days go.”

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


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