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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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Canadiens React to the Chara Hit

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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The NHL Is Walking A Very Fine Line

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Thanks to the Twitterverse, reaction was instantaneous. Canadiens fans wanted Zdeno Chara arrested, while Bruins supporters dismissed it as a love tap (as usual, the most gutless were profane in their disagreement, secure in the knowledge they could safely slur over the Internet). People without Montreal or Boston logos in their avatars lacked any kind of consensus. And after watching several different replays many different times, I can’t say Chara deliberately tried to injure Pacioretty.

But that’s the NHL’s biggest problem right now. What’s made it better than ever has also made it more dangerous than ever.


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Following Up on the Chara Hit

From Bob McKenzie at TSN:

To me, it looked as though Chara was compensating for potentially being beaten to the outside by Pacioretty and after the puck had been advanced up the ice, the big defenceman attempted to rub the Canadien winger into the boards.

But here’s the bottom line for me. Chara was rightfully assessed an interference penalty on the play. Because of the obvious injury, it was a five-minute major.

Certainly, if the partition weren’t there, it would have been no more than a two-minute minor for interference and there almost assuredly would have been no injury on the play. But the partition was there and, ultimately, Chara is responsible for the outcome. He made an illegal play that caused injury and even if there was an absence of malice, Chara is still responsible.

More here, with McKenzie’s prediction about suspension.  (Video available on this earlier post, for anyone who missed it.)

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Video- Zdeno Chara Hit On Max Pacioretty

Chara received five for interference, a 10 and game misconduct.

The video is from the French feed for Montreal.

Update 9:45pm ET: via CKAC, Pacioretty was apparently conscious on the stretcher, while still on the ice.

Update 9:49pm ET:: via Francois Gagnon on Twitter

#Habs le transport de pacioretty vers l’hopital se veut d’abord et avant tout une mesure préventive…

(Translates roughly that Pacioretty is being transported to the hospital, intended first and foremost as a preventative measure…)

Update 9:59pm ET: more tweets from Francois Gagnon (These translated via Google) -

Habs # Crusader as it exits the locker room, the CEO Pierre Gauthier was still angry, but seemed relieved by the positive news


NHL should impose a minimum of 10 games. unless Bettman still talking about bad luck ...

More video below…


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Marchand Talks About The Canadiens

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

If most of the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens were saying nice, soothing things for the benefit of the cameras ahead of their meeting Tuesday night, rookie winger Brad Marchand dropped the political correctness like the Bruins shed their gloves in an 8-6 mauling of the Habs on Feb. 9.

No point in pretending, then, that these teams harbour anything but bile for one another.

“They like to get in and shoot their mouths of and then when you hit them they’ll dive down and fall easy,” Marchand said of the Canadiens, who lead the season series between the teams 3-1….

And if the Habs or their fans are upset about the treatment reserved for non-combatants Jaroslav Spacek and Tom Pyatt, who found themselves tangling with beefier Boston opponents in the final stages of that game.

“They stir the pot, and they got what they deserved . . . whatever anyone’s mad about, they can suck it up, it’s not our fault,” said Marchand, who also loosed a few verbal barbs at his old World Junior teammate P.K. Subban, saying “he just likes to take runs at guys” and if he has a chance to avenge a spectacular open-ice hit that Subban laid on him last December, he will.

read on

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Habs Looking For A Win, Not Revenge

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

It was the first (and only) game summary of the Canadiens season that spilled onto two pages, the result of 14 goals and 46 penalties totaling 187 minutes in their Feb. 9 goal/slugfest with the Bruins in Boston.

But there is no one on the Canadiens, on the bench or behind it, who believes these two teams will reenact the Beatdown in Beantown Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, CJAD Radio-800).

“Revenge is winning,” Habs defenceman Hal Gill said after practice in Brossard, not needing to be reminded of the defensive horror show that was Boston’s 8-6 victory that night.

“It was crazy, the whole thing. I don’t think that’s the game they want to play, and I know it’s not the game we want to play. In the end, they got the upper hand on us, and we want to take it back.”


In case you need a refresher of last months’ game, watch below…


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Will Kaberle Stick in Boston?

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News:

At this stage it’s too early to tell how contract talks will go between Kaberle and the Bruins as he’s still settling in with the team.

He might be tempted to test the summer’s free agent market, where he’d be among the few notable stars available and thus could earn top dollar. It’s believed Kaberle would prefer to remain in the Eastern Conference and, if he enjoys playing in Boston, would consider a longer term for perhaps less money than he’d fetch in free agency.

read on for more on Kaberle and Vokoun’s future in Florida

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Bruins Look Good, But Are They Good Enough?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

By 3:01 p.m. yesterday, the Bruins’ roster had the same names that were on it over the weekend, the same cast of characters that clipped victories Saturday and Sunday nights in Vancouver and Edmonton. For another year, the NHL trade deadline came and went, and this time Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli felt the wisest thing to do was to be wise enough to do nothing at all.

“We’ve done three deals where we’ve added three good pieces,’’ said Chiarelli, noting trades the last couple of weeks that netted Tomas Kaberle for point duty and Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley for essential, experienced depth up front. “There has been some subtraction. But we felt the net benefit was very positive. There wasn’t anything that, when you look back in hindsight, that you say, ‘Wow, that would have been a good one to do.’ There wasn’t anything like that.’’

Which brings us to the obvious question: are the Bruins of 3:01 p.m. Feb. 28 good enough to bring the franchise its first Stanley Cup since May 11, 1972?


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