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Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

Posted on: March 10, 2011 2:15 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 1:11 pm

Count Max Pacioretty among those in and around Montreal miffed that Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara escaped a fine or suspension on Wednesday. 

The 22-year-old Montreal Canadiens forward told TSN’s Bob McKenzie exactly what he thought about the league’s decision: 

"I am upset and disgusted that the league didn't think enough of (the hit) to suspend him," Pacioretty told me. "I'm 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."

Mike Murphy, the NHL’s Senior V.P of hockey operations, said in a statement Wednesday the league could “find no basis to impose supplemental discipline” against Chara. All Chara received for his check on Pacioretty that caused a severe concussion and a fracture bone in Pacioretty was a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct on Tuesday. Here's a link to the video of the hit.

"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."

The outrage was hardly limited to a patient room at Montreal General Hospital. Several fans called Montreal police to express their outrage, according to The Canadian Press

The calls demanding criminal charges began Wednesday afternoon, shortly after the NHL announced it would neither suspend nor fine Chara for a brutal hit on the Habs' Max Pacioretty.

While the league closed the books on the incident, and even Montreal Canadiens players remained tight-lipped, many of the team's livid fans demanded action.

Police say their emergency call center started getting flooded around 4 p.m. -- after the NHL announced its decision.

News of the inundation of emergency calls, also picked up by independent Bruins blog Stanley Cup of Chowder, is hardly surprising. Habs faithful took to Twitter to urge fans to “unfollow” the NHL’s official Twitter feed and cancel their Center Ice subscriptions. Canadian Sports Minister Gary Lunn urged the NHL needs to take such hits more seriously. Even Air Canada, a major corporate partner of the NHL, is threatening to withdraw its sponsorship dollars. 

While there is precedence for it, there’s unlikely to be a criminal complaint filed against Chara -- especially if Pacioretty doesn’t pursue charges. 

OVI BACK ON TRACK: He has points in six consecutive games. He finally scored his first power play goal at home this season. He seems to be his old jovial self on the bench.

Is Washington Capitals superstar forward Alex Ovechkin finally back on his game?

Ovechkin scored twice in the Caps' 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at Verizon Center Wednesday night. Sure, the Oilers have the worst record in the league, but Ovechkin has played a role as Washington matched a season-best six game win streak.

“I can’t remember (the team) scoring five goals in a game (recently),” said Ovechkin, who has three goals and seven assists over the last six games. “It was a good night for us and a good night for the fans too.”

Ovechkin has 27 goals, so it's not out of the realm for him to reach 40 goals. It'd still be a career low, although he'd have some momentum heading into playoffs.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:15 pm
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Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 4:07 pm

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

... and you are an uneducated jack-ass. Learn the game of hockey before you make inane comments.

Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:03 pm

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

Chara is a knuckle-dragging goon. His only talent is the ability to take cheap shots. Hockey should be physical but there should be no place for slow-skating, dim-witted, steroid chugging hitmen like Chara.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2011 11:50 am

Pacioretty Is a Being a Bit of a Beeyatch

  Let's not kid ourselves here, this guy is a whiner. Yes, he got hurt and that sucks, but he plays hockey. Hockey players are tough SOB's and he is one of them. These guys are going at full tilt. If that hit happened anywhere but that exact spot, it would have been a 2 minute interference penalty at worst. If anyone thinks that Chara is so good, so fluid, that he could have timed that to work out that way, you think too highly of him. If these guys were capable of timing hits, and anything else to that type of precision, you wouldn't see a missed pass, missed check, missed scoring opportunity, etc. The game is fast.

   For those of you also whining, have you ever been to a pro hockey game? It is a bunch of tough, solid, gifted athletes going to battle each night. It is not a choreographed ballet and some reporters like to write about it as. Pacioretty is one of those soldiers, and it is unfortunate that he went down. But, he is way out of line here. He knows the game. There are many people who are out of hockey (or any sport) with blown knees, by huge hits, etc etc, and yes it sucks, but they don't hate on the dude that did it. Chara did nothing wrong but finish his check. Bad luck on the location on the ice, but Pacioretty needs to quit being a hater. Don't hate the player, hate the game. It was a clean hit.

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 4:07 pm

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

OK LADIES ---- I'm both a HUUUUUGE BRUINS FAN ( and a proud Canadian, living in TORONTO ) BOTH of which lead to my EXTREME HATRED towards the HABS !!!  OMFG - GET OVER IT !!!! You bunch of whiny fawkin' idiots ( HAB fans ) !!!!! The guy got 'pasted' along the boards - because he wasn't keeping HIS head up !! CHARA is a relatively CLEAN player ( a Monster! ; p ) And I'm glad he plays for my BRUINS !! * GO BRUINS !! *

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2011 12:01 pm

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

OMFG, the pansy a$$ weak kneed surender money's that are french canadians ( that would be every one of them) bmw'ing about a clean hit is laughable. Screw you, quebecois. You suq.

Hey hoser, take off, eh.

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:43 am

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent


Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 11:20 am

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

"Screffty" said (paraphrasing) "Canadians love gratuitious violence, American influence will be better for the league". While I agree that the American interest in hockey will generate the popularity, and thereby revenue garnered for the sport, I can't stop laughing at the notion of Canadians loving unneeded violence, especially not more than Americans. I've lived in New Jersey my whole life, so I can't be called a Canadian, unless you use some other sort of logic never seen on this planet, but Americans are know world wide as being violent fanatics. Just look at the movie industry. Countless flms produced by Amerians, in America, and popular mostly in America are nothing but ridiculously violent bloodbaths with no real subtext. So I'll give you a 50-50 on your statement. Half decent, half retarded.
Flamer, You didn't really follow the intent obviously - it was a reply to an equally retarded comment that somehow America caused this accident.  But of course as you live in New Jersey, that isn't exactly a good representation of America.  You really missed the point.  My response was intended to be as absurd as what i was replying too.  Keep up.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:37 am

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent

Nice comment rainbowmanor, speaking of sissys, where is your matching rainbow flag? you dumb fudgepacker

Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:24 am

Morning Skate: Pacioretty says Chara had intent


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