As we have all heard, and seen, by now, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara received zero suspension, fines or repercussions from the National Hockey League this afternoon for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward, Max Pacioretty, in last night’s contest at the Bell Centre. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion from the hit along the glass partition, and a non-displaced fractured fourth cervical vertebrae in his neck
Depending on which colors you wear will most likely determine your stance on this matter. This particular author of this blog is remaining neutral on this subject; with the official statement and replay of the video below, cast your votes and vent a little on this touchy subject.
Here’s the official word from National Hockey League Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy:
I conducted a hearing with Boston Bruins’ defenseman Zdeno Chara with respect to the major penalty for interference and game misconduct that he was assessed at 19:44 of the second period for a hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens.
“After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline. This hit resulted from a play that evolved and then happened very quickly — with both players skating in the same direction and with Chara attempting to angle his opponent into the boards. I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous.
“This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface. In reviewing this play, I also took into consideration that Chara has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident during his 13-year NHL career.”