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by Alanah McGinley on 03/09/11 at 03:45 PM ET
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:
From Toronto Maple Leafs—
“It was pretty scary, but from what I saw, I don’t think he was trying to hurt (Pacioretty),” said centre Tyler Bozak.
Bozak witnessed a similar incident — Chara rode Pacioretty into the side boards and Pacioretty slammed head first into a glass stanchion — years ago. Bozak said a close friend in junior hockey suffered a broken neck on a near identical play.
“I think (Chara) was trying to rub him out along the boards. It’s a normal play, it was a normal rub out,” Bozak said.
From Ottawa Senators:
“He’s pretty honest and he’s physical. That’s what makes him the defenceman he is,” said Ottawa winger Chris Neil following practice at the BankAtlantic Center Wednesday afternoon.“He’s pretty physical and he finishes his checks. That’s part of the game.”
Centre Jason Spezza said he also doesn’t believe the incident was intentional.
“I really think it was more bad luck than anything,” said Spezza. “It’s a physical game, but nobody is trying to hurt each other.”
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