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Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:41 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2011 10:50 pm
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty lay motionless on the ice for several minutes after a check from hulking Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara sent him headfirst into a divider between the benches late in the second period at Bell Center Tuesday night. 

Pacioretty, 22, was attended to immediately by medical personnel and he was taken off the ice on a stretcher. The Canadiens said Pacioretty was conscious, talking and moving both his hands and feet en route to the hospital. Habs coach Jacques Martin said after the game that Pacioretty would spend the night at the hospital.

Chara received a minor penalty for interference and was ejected as result of the hit.

“I knew we were somewhere close to our bench,” Chara told reporters after the game. “Obviously, that wasn't my intention to push him to the post. It's very unfortunate. In that situation, everything is happening fast. It's not my style to hurt somebody. I always play hard, play physical, but I have never tried to hurt anybody. I hope he's OK.”

Asked if he thought a suspension might be in the offing, Chara replied, "I don't see it."

Martin, however, had a another take. 

"You saw the hit," Martin said. "It was a dangerous hit."

The collision occurred with 16 seconds left in the second period with Montreal ahead, 4-0. (Those seconds were added to the third period as the Habs earned a 4-1 win.) The last time these two Original Six franchises played, there was a dozen fights and 182 penalty minutes. 

“What people have to understand is that Zdeno is not a dirty player,” Boston coach Claude Julien told NESN after the game. “He never meant for that to happen. If anything he tired to run him out on the boards. Unfortunately, it was the partition that did the damage. If it's anywhere else on the ice, it's a normal interference call at worst.”

Here's a look at the hit below. Another view of the collision and aftermath from French-language Canadian sports network RDS can be seen here.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:53 pm
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Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 1:14 pm

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

If Chara wanted to interfere with Pacioretty, he could have done that without checking/pushing him into the boards. Chara was beat on the play and could have stayed in his skating lane and used his body to slow down Pacioretty instead of what he did! The Boston announcers even mentioned how late of a hit it was.  Chara might not be known as a dirty player but what he did caused a player to be injured and should be suspended. Chara had control of his actions and knew what he was's not like it was an accidental high stick. The NHL needs to take the grey area out of these calls/suspensions....whether or not the player is known as a dirty player or not,
they should be suspended!

Too many times in the NHL, players like Chara and Pronger (number 1 goon) use theirs sticks to crosscheck players in the back. checks from behind, and hits to the head....the NHL needs to start controlling these things! Things are getting out of control. Today's players with all this protection, size and ability take advantage of any situation they can.....go back to the olds days of no helmets, unprotective equipment and see if players will play as reckless as they do in todays game!

Chara should be suspended!!!

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:58 am

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

  I think you guys who are dogging Chara need to quit looking at this is slow motion. He started the check when Pacioretty touched the puck, and finished the check all within 1.5 seconds. Of course if you slow it down to half hour it will look intentional. Just watch the live speed and tell me if he had any time to even form intent. Also, Chara just kept skating. Every attempt to injure has the culprit admiring their work. Chara had no idea that Pacioretty was down and out until the play was stopped. Watch the replay.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 10:34 am

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

There would still possibly be a call for interferance... didn't seem like Pacioretty was near the puck. I'm sure there was plenty of intent to make a big hit to prove something to Max for their previous altercations and it ended badly! I know most people wouldn't consider Chara a dirty player but honestly over the years of watching him I've seen him take dirty shots. For instance in this past game against Buffalo a play was over and nobody was even near the net he comes over behind Mancari and slashes his leg... is there no intent to injure when you take a hockey stick to someones knee? I dont think thats a proper way to prove something... especially Chara. He should never need to take shots like this because all he needs to do is line someone up on the boards to prove something... anyways, just what I think.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:35 pm

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

In my opinion, (while the result is obviously a horrible tragedy and I hope Pacioretty recovers and is okay) is that this is nothing more than an unfortunate ACCIDENT.  If this happened along the glass, there would be no call.  It's a player being at the wrong place on the ice with those stupid perpendicular boards at the center line.  Is the same thing as a guy being checked near the bench and the door not being hinged shut properly or a puck being redirected and hitting a player in the mouth (see D. Keith or K. Tkachuk (sp?)... like those, this was an unfortunate freak accident. 

If it was Sean Avery or another recognized goon, we would have to 2nd guess the motive, but Chara has never had a history of trying to ruin a players career (or put a player's life in jeopardy) 

These are just my two cents.  Let's all just hope Max Pacioretty recovers.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:10 pm

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

he knew excatly what he was doing, doesnt get any dirtier. hes a oversized bum. with no class, someday he will get his!!!!!!!!

Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:49 am

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

I just saw the hit by Chara and it was definitely a cheap dirty shot on a player way after the play. I wouldn't say he is a dirty player, but there are unwritten rules in hockey and Chara broke one of them. There is a history of these 2 lately and i think that has to be taken into account. Not seeing the game, but my guess is this was the first chance Chara had to get back at Pacioretty from his comments made earlier. There are only a few, what i consider, dirty players that have no business in hockey. Chara is not one of them, but he should have been suspended immediately with the length to be determined soon there after. I'm an Islander fan who saw Chara play when he first came up and we got rid of him early into his career and don't remember too many negative things about him. I can tell you that Trevor Gilles got back to back suspensions of 10 & 9 games for about the same impact. For Chara not to be suspended, it sends a bad message to the rest of the NHL. As for the police getting involved, they need to step back and realize it's a hockey game, not an incident on the streets of Canada. I would like to think the NHL will review this again and with all things considered, assess the correct punishment. If not, every player should be extra careful when they are in the same position....with Chara being enemy #1 in the entire NHL. By the way refs, enjoy your job now that the powers that be let this happen and did nothing about it. One other thing, we have to consider not only this season for Max Pacioretty, but what affects this may have for the rest of his career and life after hockey. I hope he does not have permanent damage and gets back on the ice soon.   

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2011 3:50 am

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

Wow, I think you might be the first person I've ever read, or heard about who thinks  Chara is a dirty player.

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:14 pm

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

I have NEVER watched a game in which I did not see Chara do something dirty! Now I am a Sabres fan so obviously any Buffalo vs. Boston game isn't necessarily going to be a clean game but the reason Chara is bombarded with booing when he enters HSBC arena is because of cheap shots over the years. You Bruins fans can sit there and defend him but it is just part of the way he plays I understand that... He's the most intimidating, strong, big man on the ice at all times and he has to live up to that reputation. However in this instance I think Chara should have been suspended maybe just for only one game.. if the NHL is serious about cracking down on hits and whatnot then they need to make a statement... In any case, I'm kind of glad Chara wasn't suspended because he kicked a puck into the net tonight making the game 2-2 and Sabres win in OT 4-3! I love hockey! Hate Chara... but in other circumstances... I'd love him aka if I was a Bruins fan.

He's a villain... especially now! He can join the ranks of Sean Avery in New York or I'll throw Patty Kaleta in there from Buffalo!


We are all entitled to our opinions so before you get all offended over something and worked up over it, try to put yourself in someone else's shoes

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:13 pm

Montreal's Max Pacioretty carted off ice

and let's say chara shoots his famous 105 mph fastball and hits some poor guy in the face.  shouldn't he be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon?  come on people, it's unfortunate it happened but hitting, checking, and being at the wrong place at the wrong time is part of hockey.  go play water polo if u can't handle it.

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