Chara questionable for quarterfinal game

Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara warms up before the Bruins NHL hockey game against the...

Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara warms up before the Bruins NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston, Massachusetts, March 24, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:50 PM ET

BOSTON - Things are heating up a bit between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

With the news Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara visited the hospital to be treated for dehydration, leaving his status for tonight’s Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal up in the air - Canadiens winger Mike 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,” said Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri, a shot at the Boston Bruins 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 said the club’s medical staff will make the call on whether the big defenceman will be able to play Saturday night.

“He was treated for a little bit of dehydration and that’s basically all there is to that. Until our medical staff tells me he can’t go, he’s in (the lineup) tonight,” said Julien.

“I don’t want to say anything, but I know I’ll be surprised if he’s not in the lineup,” said Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron Saturday morning as the Bruins had an option skate.

Chara played 25 minutes and six seconds in the Bruins Game 1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens and was at practice Friday. He averaged 25:26 of ice time during the regular season.

Julien said he also expected Chara to be at his post as the Bruins face an already critical situation after having lost Game 1 on home ice 2-0 Thursday.

“I think at this stage in the season, players are definitely going to play through anything,” said Julien. “During the regular season, they’ll always take the cautious route, but in the playoffs, you do what you have to do.

“I think if it’s up to him, he will definitely play. The only people who will hold him back are our doctors. That’s the type of player you want on your team and he’s got that attitude.”

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