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Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

Posted on: February 16, 2012 12:40 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 2:22 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara just doesn't seem to have a whole lot of luck playing in Montreal.

You don't really need a reminder of what happened last season, but just remember how he checked Max Pacioretty and sent the Canadiens forward into the stanchion, resulting in a broken neck. It got so ugly that Montreal police debated for a long while whether or not to press charges on Chara or not. Eventually the answer was no.

As a result -- and being the Bruins captain -- they aren't fond of Chara in Montreal, the Habs fans aren't. So it shouldn't surprise that the Habs fans at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night experienced a little schadenfreude when Chara took a puck to the face.

It was an errant clearing attempt from Tomas Plekanec that caught Chara up high and left him bloodied. While Plekanec was checking up on Chara, the crowd was releasing some pent-up frustration.

Some are going to call it Montreal Typical of the fans to cheer an injury, no matter the player and trash the Habs fans. I've already seen plenty of it. But it's a bit understandable. Fans take it personally when players are injured on their favorite teams and they feel like the offender got away with it. It doesn't quite sit right with me to cheer an injury, but it's understandable.

Chara did return in the game, but his luck didn't get much better. He made an awfully careless play in his own end that led to Erik Cole's equalizer before the Bruins eventually won in a shootout.

H/t to Backhand Shelf

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Comments

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:35 am
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

Ok first to address Redwings. Personally I think fighting is just dumb. 99% of the time no one really wins and its alot of "2 guys with fists full of jersey skating in circles". Boring. Plus I dont know why its "allowed" anyway. Now to the larger issue. The defense of the Habs fans just keeps regressing back to the same old juvenile crap. "Well Billy did it first" "Billy was going to do it too" "Billy made me do it" blah blah blah. If everyone just keeps making excuses and doesnt do anything about it, then no one will ever grow up. The line needs to be drawn somewhere. I think I am done here. Just keep ,acting like/making excuses for, barbaric behavior.



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:17 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

“I was upset to hear the cheers, but out of the corner of my eye I saw (Chara) getting up. Our fans aren’t right to do that, but to defend them, for as many as were cheering, there probably would have been three times that many cheering had a Canadien been hit like that in Boston. (Max Pacioretty)






Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:36 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

So redwings1969, its not ok to do it, but its ok to do it? Gotcha

So let me get this straight.  As fans we're ok with a good old fashioned fight on the ice, and when one player pummels another players face in and the guy is helped to the bench bleeding from a few places it's ok.  Fans cheer, they actually go crazy.   But we draw the line at cheering when a hated opponent gets a puck in the face?

Like I said, maybe I personally wouldn't have cheered. But I'm not going to knock the Habs fans for cheering, it's not like Chara was carried off on a stretcher.  He got hit by a puck in the face and he skated off on his own power, not a big deal.  Not a week goes by in the NHL where a puck doesn't hit a guy in the face and aside from maybe a couple instances in the last 25 years players recover just fine. 



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

It's not often I find myself agreeing with the Quebecois, but in this case, I gotta say, I'd probably cheer that goon getting smashed in the face with a puck too.  I wouldn't cheer if someone like, for instance, Pavel Datsyuk got hit in the face.  Datsyuk is a gentlemanly player.  But Chara is a goddamn goon playing for a goon team coached by a goon coach to go out and goon it up every night.  He shows no class night in, night out, with the cheap shots he takes on opposing players.  Kudos to you, Canadiens fans...



Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:06 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

c2ways you are right, only one person requested the investigation. I am sure it was only one person that flooded the emergency call center with calls demanding Chara be arrested.



Maybe you should learn how to use a search engine.




Since: Apr 22, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:20 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

Montreal Canadiens fans never had any class. What would you expect!!!t
The Montreal Police should investigate this for 6 months, obviously they
have nothing better to do there.....Hey cops.....want donuts? Beauty, ehhh!!! 



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:08 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

So redwings1969, its not ok to do it, but its ok to do it? Gotcha



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

Could of had a chance to show your fans are a step up in the respect department.  Instead you do this.  Congrats guys.  Way to make a solid point.  Let's boo a guy who got caught in the head with a puck. 



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:30 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

montrel should change their name to the montreal massengils



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:15 pm
 

Habs fans cheer Chara being hit by puck

I'd call it poetic karma and move on, end of story. The circumstances dictated the fans response. It's hockey and it's all good. Chill.


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