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No Punishment For Chara

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via BostonBruins tweet,

The NHL has informed the Bruins that there will be no fine and no suspension for Chara

From the NHL:

TORONTO – National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today issued the following statement on Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara’s hit in NHL game #996 last night against the Montreal Canadiens:

“I conducted a hearing with Boston Bruins’ defenseman Zdeno Chara with respect to the major penalty for interference and game misconduct that he was assessed at 19:44 of the second period for a hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens. 

“After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline. This hit resulted from a play that evolved and then happened very quickly—with both players skating in the same direction and with Chara attempting to angle his opponent into the boards. I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous. 

“This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface. In reviewing this play, I also took into consideration that Chara has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident during his 13-year NHL career.”


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If the players truly cared something would have changed by now. After the lockout the NHL changed the rules on obstruction and the players adjusted.
The style of play has changed. Players have to block shots, grind along the boards and play a more physically taxing defensive game and they have changed to the demands of their coaches. But for some reason they can’t resist trying to tear their opponents head off.

So from now on, I’m out! I will no longer condemn, fret about or defend dangerous hits because it is an exercise in futility. I will no longer try to read a players intent. I will no longer argue with other so called experts about player positioning on the rink and roll my eyes at the “ya gotta keep your head up” arguments. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what the media, broadcasters and fans do or say. The players simply don’t get it or don’t want to get it, which I think is closer to the truth. So have at it boys, knock yourselves out, literally!

- Drew Remenda, TV color analyst for the San Jose Sharks.  More from Drew on this topic…

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Drive Carefully After Your Team Wins a Game!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Frank Appleyard via Canada.com:

Researchers found that there was a 133 per cent increase in traffic fatalities following close games than games with the most lopsided results — but the increase only occurred in the winning team’s hometown.

Wood chalked much of the increase up to competition-induced testosterone.

“During a close game, testosterone increases for the fans as well as the players — that has been established by previous studies,” Wood said.

“After the game, testosterone levels drop for the losing side, but spike for the winning side. Because testosterone is linked to aggressive behaviour and potentially aggressive driving, we hypothesize that this may play a role in the increased number of traffic fatalities in areas with a high proportion of winning fans.”

read on

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Canadiens React to the Chara Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:

“What people are upset in this room is that I guess he drove the elbow through the head with an intent to injure kind of thing,” Cammalleri said. “I don’t think Chara premeditated this, but from experience when a player gets under your skin for whatever reason, you remember it and you notice when he’s out there. You know whom you’re playing against. Especially a divisional opponent because you’re so familiar. You can almost tell by the movements of a player. There’s a lot of tells, from what brand of stick they’re using to how they tape it.”

Canadiens goalie Carey Price said the history between Chara and Pacioretty probably played a part. In a Jan. 8 game between the Canadiens and Bruins, Pacioretty scored in overtime, then shoved Chara out of the way, which was the genesis of the hard feelings between the two players.

“Well that’s the whole thing,” Price said. “They do kind of have a history and that adds fuel to the fire. The only person who knows is (Chara).”


Other Team Reactions:

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Brad Richards Expected Back Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mark Stepneski at ESPNDallas:

Dallas Stars center Brad Richards, who has missed the last 10 games because of concussion-like symptoms, skated with the team and is expected to return to action Wednesday night, coach Mark Crawford said.

“As for right now, he is scheduled to play and we’re very pleased about that,” Stars coach Marc Crawford said. “We’ve been playing extremely well without him lately, but anytime you can add a player of his ilk into your lineup, it’s a very, very favorable situation.”


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Hockey Risks Not So Entertaining

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Grange at the Globe & Mail:

Don Cherry – before he became DON CHERRY – made boatloads of money pedaling video collections which were primarly collections of what we now know are brain changing collisions and fights.

I loved them when they came out more than 20 years ago. Now I feel guilty for watching.

Hits like that? You can lose an eye, your memory, your ability to think clearly, lots of stuff.

and more on the dangers of hockey and some specific incidents, including Pacioretty yesterday

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Pacioretty Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae on Tuesday, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin.

“Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it’s not displaced,” Martin said. “Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”


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5 things I’m pretty sure I know about hockey

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

I’ve read two rulebooks and half the collective bargaining agreement and I still feel like a newbie watching the game for the first time. On the other hand, maybe that’s a good thing. But I did manage to learn a few things along the way. Like why hockey players like golf, how icing qualifies as a scoring opportunity and how exactly the New Jersey Devils got away with the Kovalchuk deal.

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Bylsma Gets A Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Bylsma, 40, led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009 and has his team in the hunt for the top spot in the Eastern Conference this year despite an injury-depleted lineup.
“Dan has very quickly established himself as one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League,” Shero said. “He has been a perfect fit for our organization since day one, and we look forward to having him leading our team for the next three seasons.
“I think what we’ve been able to accomplish so far his season, even with players like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal out of the lineup for extended periods of time, is a testament to his coaching system, his adaptability, and his composure under pressure.”


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Matt Cooke- The Man Everyone Loves To Hate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

There is actually much to admire in Cooke’s game. He has won a Cup, scored at least 10 goals in nine of the past 10 seasons—he scored 15 last year with essentially no power-play time—and made himself invaluable on the penalty kill. In his first game back from suspension, he cashed in a shorthanded goal in a 3—2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Feb. 20. (He is tied for the NHL lead with six shorthanded points.) Cooke is an actual player, unlike the Islanders’ Trevor Gillies, who is one of three skaters in the past 10 years to have more than 100 penalty minutes in fewer than 100 minutes of ice time. ...

Cooke might even qualify as an impact player, but his impact is most apparent at the point of contact. With good checks and bad, with hits that stretched rules and in one memorable case rewrote them, Cooke has earned a great living and a poor reputation. He has devastated the careers of star players.

much more but worth a read…

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