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by Jon Jordan on 03/24/11 at 12:37 PM ET
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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