BOSTON -- Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara participated in the pregame warm-up before Saturday night's game, but was scratched from the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.
Earlier in the day, a team source had indicated to ESPN.com that the veteran defenseman would attempt to play.
"He's gonna give it a go," the source said.
Chara was hospitalized Friday night due to dehydration and was not present for the team's optional skate Saturday morning. When coach Claude Julien met with the media, he indicated that Chara would likely play.
"Until our medical staff tells me he can't go, he's in tonight," Julien said Saturday morning. "Until somebody tells me he can't go tonight, he's playing. I'm certainly not going to be the guy making the final decision, our medical people are, but they have yet to tell me that he can't go."
Most of the Bruins learned of Chara's health when they arrived for the morning skate.
"I know him real well and he's a battler," Bruins forward Milan Lucic said Saturday morning. "I'm sure he'll do whatever he can to get himself ready to play tonight."
The Bruins know they need Chara in the lineup.
"He's a big man who plays big minutes and he does a great job playing the role he does," added Lucic. "I've had the pleasure of playing [with Chara] ever since I've been here and he's a big-time player. He's a character guy and he's going to do whatever he can to get ready."
Veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy replaced Chara in the lineup.
Also, the Canadiens were without Andrei Kostitsyn.
The Bruins trail the Canadiens 2-0 after Saturday's 3-1 loss.
Joe McDonald covers the Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.