Zdeno Chara suffers knee injury, and Bruins can’t recover in loss to Avs

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Following Boston’s 6-3 setback against the Avalanche on Wednesday night, Bruce Cassidy didn’t have much of an update on the status of Zdeno Chara — with the B’s captain set to be re-evaluated Thursday after leaving the contest due to a lower-body injury.

From the quick eye test, it doesn’t look good for the 41-year-old blueliner, with Chara’s knee appearing to buckle after trying to square up a check against Colorado forward Carl Soderberg in the closing minutes of the first period.

Chara didn’t return for the final two periods of Wednesday’s matchup — and the ice very quickly tilted in favor of the Avs as a result.

Now, the case could be made that the B’s forwards laid an egg down the stretch with just 10 shots on goal during five-on-five (5v5) play, but there’s no doubting that Boston was left rudderless and often out of gas in its own zone without Chara anchoring the blue line.