Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pacioretty Makes News in New York

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, left, hit the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty into a glass stanchion during the second period of Tuesday night’s game in Montreal.
On Tuesday's game pitting the Habs against the Bruins, Max Pacioretty was violently the boards and his head into a glass stanchion by Zdeno Chara, captain of Boston. The result: a concussion and a fractured vertebra. Chara's punishment: a major penalty and a game misconduct. In my opinion, this was a completely vicious hit and should have been punished more. During the replay, you can see that Chara pushed Pacioretty's head into the stanchion. The hit was so bad, that even the New York Times reported on it.
Zdeno Chara, the Boston Bruins player who shouldered Max Pacioretty of Montreal into a stanchion at the end of the players’ bench and seriously injured him, was not suspended by league disciplinary officials in the aftermath of the incident, and their decision was supported by N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Read more at the New York Times. 

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  1. Funny though, a virtually identical hit on the Kings' Drew Doughty last night has drawn very little press and even less outrage. Doughty, a Canadian Olympic hero, plays for an American team. He was also not as severely injured. However, the perpetrator was more premeditated in his hit than was Chara.

    It is very hard to judge intent. One thing I do know: the NHL has to do something about head hits. In old time hockey, they played the body - heads were almost always spared. Hell, even goalies didn't have to wear masks until the 60's. If the players don't police themselves, the league must do something before the unthinkable happens.

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