Last night, Zdeno Chara took the ice for warm-ups. He went through his regular routine. But when he got off the ice, it was clear to Bruins coach Claude Julien that the virus that had hospitalized Chara for dehydration the previous day wasn't going to let him play.

"He was sweaty,'' said Julien. "He was dizzy. There was no way in the world that we could have used him tonight and played him. Absolutely no way.

"The doctors told us the same thing. I spoke to him. Even attempting to come was courageous on his part. But there was absolutely no way he could have played tonight.

"It's unfortunate. We missed him. Certainly he did the best he could to even try. To be honest with you, it wasn't even close.''

Chara logged 25:06 of ice time in Game 1. He landed five shots and had five more attempts blocked. Two of his blasts hobbled Andrei Kostitsyn and Travis Moen. He also threw three hits and blocked two shots.

The Bruins captain practiced Friday at Ristuccia Arena, then told the training staff he felt ill.

Chara didn't participate in an optional morning skate yesterday, but Julien said then he expected Chara to play.

"Unless our medical staff tells me he can't go, he's in tonight,'' Julien said.