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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.

No matter your stance on the play or the lack of supplementary discipline thereafter for Chara, tonight’s return engagement in Boston is nothing short of intriguing, though again, we should know better than to expect a melee-filled meeting, what with NHL disciplinarians glued to this game and all, as they often are after previous encounters wrought with controversy.

But… You never know…

Maybe the Habs do come out gunning for Chara.

Maybe this one does get out of control.

If so, think the Boston cops will promptly pursue action against the aggressor(s)? Somehow, I can’t see that happening, though apparently, Montreal police have little else of importance with which to occupy their time currently, with their investigation into Chara/Pacioretty reportedly still open.

And how wise would it be, anyway, for any Canadien to take on the behemoth Bruin captain?

For starters, they’d probably be better-served focusing on the two points at hand, with a shot at the Northeast Division title still seemingly within their grasp, as they sit just three points behind Boston coming into this one.

Plus – and, perhaps, more importantly – there is the whole “How poorly can a fight with Zdeno Chara end up?” question. (Answer? Ask David Koci.)

All things considered, KK gang: What do you expect tonight? What do you think should happen?

And WWMRD? (What would Mark Recchi do?)

Let’s discuss, shall we?

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

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Primis's avatar

I imagine a lot of nothing will happen.

Posted by Primis on 03/24/11 at 01:45 PM ET

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FAIL: “resulted in a little boo-boo, depending on whether or not Mark Recchi is asked his opinion?”

Recchi stated that he has no doubt that Pacioretty fractured a vertebra and recognized the seriousness of that injury. He merely questions the reports of a serious concussion which makes sense given the apparent lack of symptoms, especially when compared to contemporaries.

But don’t worry… skew his words and meaning to suit your purposes… thats what journalists are supposed to do, right?

Posted by Doh on 03/24/11 at 02:39 PM ET

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What hit on Pacioretty? Did I miss anything? Who’s Mark Recchi? I can’t remember what went on… I try to think, but, it gets all foggy and my nose starts to bleed… Damn…


- Marc Savard

Posted by Franky from Montreal on 03/24/11 at 03:03 PM ET

Coastal Coyote's avatar

We’re talking about the Montreal Canadiens here, nothing will happen in Boston tonight.

Posted by Coastal Coyote on 03/24/11 at 04:17 PM ET

Jon Jordan's avatar

Doh:

“Well, I mean, he does have a fractured vertebra but the concussion was really a non-factor. Maybe a day he felt it and then he was fine a couple days later, and I believe, yeah, they were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit,”

- Mark Recchi

Even if Mark Recchi’ were a doctor, I don’t see how he’s qualified to deem anyone “fine”, based on knowledge of him “twittering from the movies” a few days later.

Talk about skewing words to suit one’s purposes.

I have no ultimate purpose here, and was only making a couple of cheap cracks in a discussion-starter. In fact, I’ve been on the Boston side of this all along, publicly and privately. But Recchi’s comments were really off-base, in my opinion.

I agree with those that have said a whole lot of nothing will happen tonight, in all likelihood.

JJ

Posted by Jon Jordan from Tampa, FL on 03/24/11 at 04:27 PM ET

Da lil Guy's avatar

The Habs have traded a way a few of their biggest shift disturbers. Maybe PK Subban starts something, but I think that’s a possibility every game.

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 03/24/11 at 05:17 PM ET

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JJ,

He based his viewpoint on the matter by comparing the recovery to other similarly severe concussions.  Both Savard and Bergeron would have been thrilled to be open the windows without symptom a month after their concussions let alone watch a movie mere days after.

The disparity in symptoms certainly merits a raised eyebrow and given Montreal’s penchant for embellishment in the past (Kovalev wrist, Ribiero) its a logical leap.

I’m not saying he was or was not severely concussed… however, I will say that his symptoms bear no resemblance to any other severe concussion I have read about (Crosby or the two previously mentioned).  It only makes sense to question something of that nature.

As for tonights game, I fear the refs will be quick with the whistles and there will be a lot of stickwork going on behind the play. Boston needs to keep their composure to stand a chance.

Posted by Doh on 03/24/11 at 07:00 PM ET

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