Zdeno Chara, Who Answered Questions in Writing Because He Can Hardly Talk Through His Broken Jaw, Skated Today and Remains a Gametime Decision
I typically hesitate to heap praise on hockey players for playing through insane injuries, as it tends to inspire fans of a beautiful-but-barbaric game to take out their insecurities on sports that don't encourage athletes to stitch, wire, or glue themselves together and (almost literally) gut it out for glory.
Therefore, as it pertains to Zdeno Chara somehow making a strong case to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final despite being without the use of his mouth, I'll just echo the motto of an infamously resilient Jackass in stating that if you're gonna be dumb then you gotta be tough. Make no broken bones about it, even thinking long and hard about taking a beating from the band of brutes along the Blues' front lines with a busted jaw is remarkably dumb. That, more than anything, means it could only be considered a possibility by someone remarkably tough. Amidst a host of other qualities - such as proud, noble, tenacious, and persistent - Big Z is undeniably tough as a veteran who led by example long before that was literally the only means of communication left at his disposal.
Whether or not the Bruins' captain actually follows through in lacing them up and taking the ice in a limited role tonight is irrelevant. Even putting himself through the painstaking process of putting a helmet on and answering a line of questioning in ink is proof positive of how much this game means to someone who has accomplished more than the teammates who should be taking note of how dedicated he is to beating the Notes. Again, even trying to mumble his way into lineup Kenny from South Park-style is extremely dumb, but it's even more dedicated, and - above all else - it's a contagious type of tough.