Stanley Cup Final 2019: Bruins' Zdeno Chara leaves game after taking puck to the mouth

Zdeno Chara was forced to leave Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final after being struck in the face with a puck.

The Bruins captain left the game at the 3:07 mark in the second period as blood was dripping from his mouth. 

Blues center Brayden Schenn fired off a shot that hit Chara’s stick and deflected into his face. Chara fell to the ice and when he lifted his head there was a blood stain. Cameras caught him with a bloodied mouth as he skated off the ice.

The defenseman returned to the bench in the third period with a full cage but had not checked back into the game.

The Blues were leading 2-1 when he was struck but the Bruins quickly scored in Chara’s absence to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the final period.

Boston is already playing without fellow defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who is in the concussion protocol after a hit sustained in Game 2.

The Bruins entered Game 4 leading the series 2-1.