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from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
There comes a point in almost every playoff series involving the Boston Bruins where somebody is asked what’s going wrong. It’s an opposing player, and it’s always a star forward of some kind. Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, whoever you’ve got....
Now, it’s Max Pacioretty’s turn, and the answer is being given as Zdeno Chara, because that is a looming part of the answer every year. Chara blots out both sun and stars, more often than not. (Patrice Bergeron, too, but Chara tends to overshadow him.) And so when Montreal’s 40-goal man faced the media for the first time in the series, he was asked how the Slovak giant is causing him problems.
“Yeah, Chara’s been really good this series,” said Pacioretty, who had one assist in the first four games, and one goal in eight playoff games. “He goes into battles not worrying about someone playing the body on him. He’s so big, he doesn’t worry about that. He’s got a long reach. Obviously it’s difficult to play against, but it’s a great challenge for me. First four games, I’ll give him the edge. He was the better of the two players. But I can just worry about the future. There’s three games left. Enough for me to prove myself. This is real gut-check time.”
Update from George: No harm, no foul:
Max Pacioretty's Olympic hopes may have taken a late hit.
The Montreal Canadiens forward had to be helped off the ice in the first period of the team's Saturday night game against the Carolina Hurricanes after taking a hard hit.
Pacioretty went legs first into the post behind Carolina goaltender Anton Khudobin and was taken immediately to the Canadiens locker room.
Pacioretty missed on two penalty shots last night within a span of under three minutes.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
... there will be 21,273 at the Bell Centre Tuesday, and a whole lot more tuned in, who will care a great deal about the club beating the Carolina Hurricanes to end a four-game losing streak, thus talking an overwrought fan base in off the ledge.
“This isn’t rock bottom. Things could be a lot worse right now, we still have a lot of our season to salvage,” Pacioretty added. “(Monday) was a great start. We had a good uptempo practice and we’re hoping to build off of that.
“We were flying out there today. The coaches are doing a great job of keeping us positive and trying to keep us confident. I felt good in practice today and I think a lot of the other guys did, too.”
Anyone looking for a crack in team unity, or suggesting that head coach Michel Therrien has “lost the room,” would have to look elsewhere.
“Obviously, we’re not playing the right way, but it’s not like guys are trying to sabotage the Montreal Canadiens. We want to win,” Pacioretty said.
Max Pacioretty received two for boarding and Johnny Boychuk was taken off on a stretcher.
Boychuk was talking to the medical staff and appeared to be in some discomfort.
First Rany Carlyle post-game...
Watch the Pacioretty goal below...
The CBC had a video report before the above update was released, but you can still see how the injury occurred. Watch it below...
A bit of John Tortorella's post-game media scrum...
Watch a better view of the hit from Pacioretty on Ryan McDonagh below...
NHL.com GameCenter describes the goal by Max Pacioretty as a wrist shot...
Did Mikhail Grabovski bite Max Pacioretty?
Grabovski received 2 for roughing and a 10, Pacioretty just a 10.
added 10:49pm, Watch the CBC version below...
You will see the whole sequence right up to the Setoguchi goal late in regulation to tie the score, then a replay where the dive can really be seen.
What is missing from this video is the bad clearing attempt by Carey Price, who with a one goal lead tried his Marty Brodeur imitation, only to have it backfire with Setoguchi goal.
You can see that play below and of course, Setoguchi has a chance to extend the shootout, but (watch here)...
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
...Pacioretty says he’s been left confused by several assertions made by Shanahan, who he said compared the incident to the Pens’ Matt Cooke’s infamous blindside hit on Boston centre Marc Savard.
“I think that couldn’t be any further from the truth. If you looked at the situation, me and Letang made eye contact, and I think that’s what gave me the green light to try and hit him. I felt he put himself in a vulnerable position, maybe I shouldn’t have even thought about hitting him because of the way the wind is blowing right with head shots, but I’d like to see a little bit of consistency,” he said Tuesday. “If the onus is on the hitter every single time I’d be fine with a suspension, but you ‘ve seen instances where they’ve placed the onus on the person receiving the hit as well so I’m confused and a lot of other players are confused right now.”
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension….
Crazy last 36 hours. Lost my hard drive, finally made the decision and went with a new CPU and went from XP to Windows 7.
A learning curve no doubt, but I am up to it.
Now to some hockey, what about the hit on Letang and there was no penalty on the play.
MONTREAL (June 20, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of forward Max Pacioretty to a two-year contract (2011-12 and 2012-13). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Max Pacioretty who is one of the most promising young players in our organization. A power forward with skills, Max showed that he can help our team and make a name for himself in the NHL. We are confident that he will have recovered fully from the injury that kept him out of the line-up for the last month of the regular season and the playoffs,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.
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.
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Max Pacioretty may be able to return from his neck injury in time for the NHL playoffs, Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin said Thursday.
Team doctors informed the coach that Pacioretty will be able to resume training, with contact, in three to five weeks.
He is to take complete rest until March 26 and then begin rehab.
“It’s been an emotional day. I saw the video for the first time this morning. You see the hit, I’ve got a fractured vertebrae, I’m in hospital and I thought the league would do something, a little something. I’m not talking a big number, I don’t know, one game, two games, three games…whatever, but something to show that it’s not right.”
-Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens. More at TSN.
added 11:27pm, More on this topic from Bob McKenzie at TSN.
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:
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae on Tuesday, according to Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin.
“Max Pacioretty has a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae, but it’s not displaced,” Martin said. “Max will remain at the hospital for further observation. There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”
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.
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.
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…
Montreal has looked good thus far against the Rangers. New York is only a point behind Montreal, who sit sixth, so this game is one of those “four pointers” we often hear about. David Desharnais and Benoit Pouliot have looked sharp today, while the Habs patchwork defence valiantly tries to hold off Gaborik and co without James Wisniewski, out with the flu.
We’re three weeks from the trade deadline, and one thing has been abundantly clear in this Habs game: they’re too small.
Another solid weekend for the Habs saw them take 3 of a possible 4 points. Max Pacioretty continues to impress, and Carey Price continues to make big saves. A few Monday evening observations:
1) The late period goal continues to be the Habs’ Achilles heel. Anaheim scored to make it 3-1 with less than a minute to go in the second period on Saturday, the umpteenth time this has happened in 10-11. Surely I’m not the only one noticing this, am I?
That was a gutsy Buffalo win last night (2-1 in overtime) over division rival Montreal. There was a whole lot of hitting, yapping, pushing and shoving going on. Why we don’t see more of this nasty attitude from the Sabres is the subject of another conversation.
Having a threat like Mike Cammalleri off the ice for most of the game certainly made the task less formidable, but beggars can’t be choosers. And let’s not forget that Buffalo was missing its most potent point getter (Derek Roy, 35 points in 35 games) and goal scorer (Drew Stafford, 15 goals in 30 games). Stafford suffered a groin injury early, and it looks like he’s going to miss some time.
Great move by coach Lindy Ruff breaking up the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing on the blue line. The 20-year old Calder Trophy winner seems better off with a stay at home veteran as his defense partner. Ruff felt that way during training camp when he originally played Shaone Morrisonn with Myers, but a poor start by the free agent acquisition put a damper in those plans. Let’s see if it sticks this time.
Big sigh of relief that Max Pacioretty is going to be OK after a scary moment when he took a slap shot to the chest. Forgive me if my heart rate shooting up from being terrified upon first seeing it was an overreaction, but it’s partly the fault of having a selective memory. Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik can attest to the fact that Buffalo can be a pretty risky place to play sometimes.
Things probably won’t be much more pleasant for the Sabres on Thursday when they play in Boston. Whatever they put in their pasta yesterday should be bottled up and brought with them on the trip.
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The Upper Canadien just blogged about the injuries the Canadiens received tonight and I am just updating a bit.
Max Pacioretty took a shot to the chest and was taken to the hospital.
added 9:37pm, Video below shows all the injuries the Habs suffered tonight. at least to this point.
I can’t recall a period that went as badly for the Montreal Canadiens. Certainly not one where they had the lead. Montreal leads after one, yet lost three players to what could be serious injuries. Mike Cammalleri was checked, somewhat questionably, and went headfirst into the boards. Although he didn’t appear to hit his head, it looked like he may have hurt his wrist. He has not returned. Soon after, Max Pacioretty took a blistering James Wisniewski shot off the chest or upper arm, and late in the period PK Subban took a hard shot off his leg. Brian Gionta also took a Hal Gill clearing shot off his face, but he was able to shake it off and stay in the game. Add to all that the fact that the Habs are battling a vicious flu bug, and this does not bode well for Montreal.
On the plus side, David Desharnais scored his second as a Canadien, and he is looking better every game as he becomes comfortable in the NHL. He may be small, but he goes right to the net in traffic - and that’s where he’s scored his first two NHL goals.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
“I remember going in on the forecheck and I thought he was going to turn into me but it didn’t end up that way,” Pacioretty said. “It’s a fast game and sometimes you make mistakes and I definitely made a mistake there and hurt our team. I obviously hurt that player. I’m disappointed with what happened and I wish I could take that back.”
The game misconduct triggers an automatic review by the National Hockey League and Martin was asked whether he thought Pacioretty would be suspended.
“I would hope not,” he said. “He’s not that kind of player. He went in with good speed to finish his check and their player turned at the last minute.”
more and watch the hit below…
Remember that big lead the Habs had, battling at the top of the Eastern Conference? Well, now they have a two point cushion on eighth.
Tomorrow? Boston. Tonight: Philadelphia.
Not the easiest way to pad the win column.
Many, including myself, have said the Canadiens need more size up front. Well, now they have it.
Max Pacioretty not only brings his big, tough frame from Hamilton, he also brings an AHL-leading 17 goals and 32 points. Pacioretty will likely line up with Scott Gomez, although it remains to be seen when that will take place, as Gomez is day to day with a shin injury. His size will also be a major asset to Jacques Martin’s fledgling power play.
Pacioretty was the Habs second pick in the 2007 draft, 22nd overall in the first round.
Lots of shots. Crisp checking. Hot goaltending. The Habs had it all tonight.
For two periods.
Interesting day on the farm in Habsland. Max Pacioretty, in a radio interview with Tony Marinaro of the Team 990, expanded on an RDS article that noted he’d rather stay in the AHL for the season than be called up to Montreal. Many interpret his comments as a slight against Jacques Martin, as he noted that former coach Guy Carbonneau gave him lots of confidence by reassuring him and working with him, yet under Martin every time he made a mistake he ended up on the fourth line.
Pacioretty commented that it is better for his development to play second line in Hamilton, even if he stays for the full year, than it is to play fourth line in Montreal. And you know what? That’s refreshing. Too often guys think they deserve to be in the NHL from the start, but as we know most need seasoning. For the record, Pacioretty and former college roommate Aaron Palushaj are tearing up Hamilton in the early going, with 12 points in ten games and nine points in five games respectively.
Game four of the pre-season saw the Canadiens win 4-3 and even their record at 2-2, as a Koivu and Brunette-less Minnesota Wild were held to a meager fourteen shots by a stifling Canadiens defence.
The Habs dominated most this game, holding a shot advantage of 22-5 through the second period. Alex Auld played the entire game, looking good for most of it despite a lack of action and the .786 SVP on the night. Without question, the prettiest goal of the game was scored by Minnesota’s Justin Falk, who capped an impressive end to end rush by splitting the defence and beating Auld to his right.
For the Habs, Dustin Boyd stood out, playing an effective two-way game while scoring a goal for the second game in a row. Boyd stands out for his effort, which is consistent shift to shift, and the energy and poise he brings to the bottom six. If this brand of play continues, Canadiens fans will very soon forget the name Sergei Kostitsyn.