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Pacioretty Adds Fuel to Chara Fire

Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty is wheeled away on a stretcher after taking a hit by Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Unlike his career, Max Pacioretty is refusing to let the banter about the Zdeno Chara hit die. When asked, he responded,

“I am upset and disgusted that the league didn’t think enough of (the hit) to suspend him. I not mad for myself, I’m mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it’s okay, they won’t be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt.

“It’s been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I’ve got a fractured vertebrae, I’m in hospital and I thought the league would do something, a little something. I’m not talking a big number, I don’t know, one game, two games, three games…whatever, but something to show that it’s not right.”

So he’s upset that the NHL didn’t do anything, not for himself, but for those that might see no suspension and think it’s okay. They already know it’s okay after Matt Cooke destroyed Marc Savard, intentionally, without reprimand, so you’re a little too late for that.

And I completely understand that Pacioretty is emotional right now; he’s broken up pretty bad, so of course he’s emotional. The penalty calls on the ice, the interference and game misconduct, were absolutely correct, but as far as a suspension to show that “it’s not right,” Pacioretty is letting his emotions get the better of him. The video shows Chara starts his move when the two are well behind the metal pole. A little late, yes, hence the interference call, but the injury and pole collision are purely accidental. It’s a fast-paced game, and you could see Chara clearly aiming for the boards. Said Pacioretty,

“I heard (Chara) said he didn’t mean to do it. I felt he did mean to do it. I would feel better if he said he made a mistake and that he was sorry for doing that, I could forgive that, but I guess he’s talking about how I jumped up or something.

I believe he was trying to guide my head into the turnbuckle. We all know where the turnbuckle is. It wasn’t a head shot like a lot of head shots we see but I do feel he targeted my head into the turnbuckle.”

So we all know that the injury portion of the hit was unintentional, or as Pacioretty puts it, a “mistake.” Chara already said he didn’t mean to do that; he just didn’t use the exact word “mistake.”

And Chara was clearly not guiding his head anywhere. The video clearly shows Chara shoving Pacioretty in the shoulder. Pacioretty then goes into the turnbuckle at an angle. With everything talked about by the NHL in their statement, it is clear that there was no evidence warranting supplemental discipline.

And just for the sake of argument, even assuming Pacioretty’s unwarranted accusations were correct, Pacioretty and his shove to Chara after the last game ended were what started the whole mess.

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One comment for “Pacioretty Adds Fuel to Chara Fire”

  1. You can see clearly that Chara push Pacioretty over the board off the ice exactely where the pole was, he (Chara) clear his forearm just enough not to broke it at the same time! You are wright about Savard! NHL sucks when they do not take the wright call for those “MISTAKE”.

    Posted by Sam | March 10, 2011, 11:21 am

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