The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 03/10/11 at 02:13 PM ET
Zdeno Chara spoke to the media this morning after the Bruins optional skate. Boston faces the Buffalo Sabres tonight at the TD Garden.
Those who feel that Tuesday’s incident was an act of revenge by Chara may find one particular quote to be quite interesting. This from WGR’s Paul Hamilton:
Chara and Pacioretty have a little history from earlier this season. I wondered if he knew it was him. Chara said, “No, it was the faceoff and we tried to set up a play and the puck went to the other side and we were racing for the puck. I had no idea he was on the ice.”
Regarding Pacioretty’s angry reaction after hearing that the NHL would not impose a suspension:
“I totally understand. He’s in the hospital so he’s got the right to be emotional so I respect that,” Chara said. “I obviously feel bad he got hurt. As a hockey player we all feel bad when something like that happens. ... I’m wishing him to a fast recovery and hopefully he’ll be back on the ice soon. That’s all we love to do. We love to [play] hockey. When we go out there, we take risks and sometimes we do get hurt. But it’s just very unfortunate.”
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