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Chara tears knee ligament, out 4-6 weeks

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BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara tore a ligament in his knee and will miss four to six weeks.

General manager Peter Chiarelli said the 2009 Norris Trophy winner will not need surgery on the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Chiarelli said it was good news in that other ligaments in the knee would require a longer recovery.

Chara left Thursday night's game against the Islanders in the first period, one shift after a collision with New York forward John Tavares. He did not appear injured at the time, but his teammates knew it was serious when the 6-foot-9 defenseman left the bench.

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1 J. Tavares, NYI1138
2t R. Getzlaf, Anh1028
2t P. Marleau, SJ1046
2t C. Perry, Anh1082
2t T. Seguin, Dal1055
2t H. Zetterberg, Det1037
7t S. Crosby, Pit945
7t N. Foligno, Cls936
7t C. Giroux, Phi927
7t R. Johansen, Cls954
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Rank Player GAA
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2 A. Montoya, Fla.59
3 F. Andersen, Anh1.32
4 J. Peters, Was1.50
5 A. Raanta, Chi1.51
6 J. Quick, LA1.54
7 N. Svedberg, Bos1.57
8 P. Rinne, Nsh1.62
9 C. Crawford, Chi1.66
10 B. Elliott, StL1.73
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