Boston’s Chara out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

Boston, MA ( – Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be
sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks because of a torn left knee ligament.

Chara was hurt during the first period of Thursday’s game against the New York
Islanders while delivering a hit to John Tavares.

Tests revealed a torn posterior cruciate ligament. Surgery will not be
required, for now.

“It’s obviously a blow,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli on
Friday. “He’s one of the premier defensemen in the league, but I’d rather have
it 4-to-6 weeks than 4-to-6 months.”

Chara has two goals and an assist through nine games this season, his ninth
with the Bruins. The 37-year-old captain has been durable throughout his
tenure in Boston, missing no more than five games in any of his previous eight