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What Do YOU Expect in Boston Tonight?

We’ve learned over the years not to expect much from so-called revenge games, like tonight’s Montreal/Boston showdown – the first meeting between the two since the ill-fated collision of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty and a poorly-placed, scarcely-padded stanchion.

You know, the hit that was either attempted murder on Chara’s behalf or a hockey play gone afoul, depending on who you ask?

You know, the hit that either concussed Pacioretty and fractured a vertebra in his neck or resulted in a little boo-boo, depending on whether or not Mark Recchi is asked his opinion?

Yeah, you know.

And, if you don’t, you’ve either been in a coma (or maybe just napping, according to Recchi?) or under a rock somewhere since the play in question went down a little more than two weeks ago.

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  Tags: david+koci, mark+recchi, max+pacioretty, max+pacioretty, zdeno+chara

Morning Line

A lot of times it’s viewed as the big, bad Bruins.  We’re the bigger, more physical team, so we’re certainly going to take the brunt of the criticism.

“But it takes two to tango. This rivalry has gotten, probably not necessarily in a good way, a little bit bitter, which is probably not the type of rivalry you’re looking for.”

-Claude Julien, coach of the Boston Bruins on the Montreal/Boston rivalry.  More from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.

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Oh Yes, Bruins/Canadiens Meet Again Tomorrow

from Jame Murphy of ESPN Boston,

Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi told a Boston radio station Wednesday that he thought the Montreal Canadiens “embellished” the concussion suffered by Max Pacioretty in an effort to try to get Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara suspended for his hit on the Habs forward.

The NHL did not punish Chara for his March 8 hit on Pacioretty, which left the Canadiens forward hospitalized with what the team called a cracked vertebra in his neck and a severe concussion. That decision caused an uproar in Montreal, where police launched a criminal probe into Chara’s hit.

“He’s OK and he’s getting better,” Recchi told Boston sports radio station 98.5 The Sports Hub of the reports he’s heard on Pacioretty’s condition. “I mean we know he was at a movie, I mean he was twittering at a movie five days later ... and you know obviously if you have a bad concussion like this, you’re not going to be at a movie. So we’re glad in that sense that he’s getting better, but it was a hockey play and the injury happened.”

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Split the Standings: The First 41 vs. Games 42-Now

Splitting the first half of a season from the second and comparing the two is about as useless, at the end of the day, as useless statistics get. Point being, the only thing that matters at the end of the year is the bottom line of 16 teams qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs and 14 others following along like the rest of us.

But useless doesn’t mean uninteresting as we peek at the difference in the standings from the 41-game mark for each team until now.

Have a look, after the jump:

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Replace Julien As Boston’s Coach?

Douglas Flynn of NESN opens-up his mailbag…

Do you think it’s time for the Bruins to start looking for another coach? As a fan who pays attention to on-ice matchups, it sure seems that our fourth line is constantly getting matched up against our opponent’s first line. Have you noticed that or am I being too critical? [Claude] Julien also doesn’t seem to have answer for the dismal power play. Defensive system allows too much time and space for offensive players in our defensive zone which translates into too many quality shots on goal from players entering zone late.

Lots of questions this week about Julien’s status. I hate to break it to all of you, but he’s not going anywhere this season. The Bruins aren’t going to pull a Lou Lamoriello and fire a coach of a first-place team in the final weeks of the season. It’s just not going to happen. Nor should it. Yes, the club is in a horrible slump right now and there isn’t a lot of time to get it turned around before the playoffs. Of course, there’s also nowhere near enough time to bring in a new coach and try to implement a new system or style of play, but that sort of logic doesn’t dissuade the Julien basher

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Patric Hornqvist Elbow Hit Draws Review

Hornqvist delivered an elbow to Tyler Seguin and according to a tweet from Pierre LeBrun he has an interview with the NHL.

The hit starts at the 40 second mark.

added 12:47pm, Numerous reports state no suspension, but a $2500 fine.

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Marchand Suspended Two Games

via Boston Bruins tweet,

Marchand has been suspended for 2 games.

If you missed the hit on Umberger by Marchand, watch it here.

added 1:21pm,

TORONTO (March 17, 2011) – Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $6,330.64 in salary for delivering an elbow to the head area of Columbus Blue Jackets player R.J. Umberger in NHL game #1044 Tuesday night, the National Hockey League announced today.

Marchand’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 11:40 of the second period when Marchand approached Umberger from behind and struck him in the neck and side of the head with his elbow.  No penalty was assessed on the play

 

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Hello, This Is The NHL Calling

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand will have a supplemental disciplinary hearing with the NHL via phone tomorrow, Globe reporter Kevin Paul Dupont has confirmed.

The hearing is believed to be related to Marchand’s elbow to the head of Blue Jackets left wing R.J. Umberger last night. Umberger told the Columbus Dispatch he wasn’t happy about it.

continued and watch the hit…

Darren Dreger tweets Dany Heatley has a conference call today at 5:00pm EDT for an elbow incident last night.

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Should Chara Face Criminal Prosecution?

via the CP at The Hockey News,

Quebec’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has requested a police investigation into Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara over the hit that hospitalized Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

The agency has forwarded its recommendation to the provincial government’s Public Security department.

This does not mean there will be an investigation—much less an attempt to prosecute—but simply signals the first step in any such procedure.

The move comes after the National Hockey League declined to suspend Chara.

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No Punishment For Chara

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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