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Early word on Pacioretty: broken vertebrae - also seeing reports that it is two vertebrae in his neck (C4 and C5) and a "severe" concussion. His career is in jeopardy.

 

The Senators signed undrafted WHLer Wacey Hamilton. He has some upside as a fourth-line agitator, but is probably a long shot to stick. He was in Colorado's training camp last fall and was released. Then again - his coach in Medicine Hat is Cory Clouston's brother, so he'll get a longer look than most players in his situation.

 

Seven of Lars Eller's 15 points have come in his last nine games. The talented Dane is finally showing us a preview of what he can do.

 

The Blues have activated Jaroslav Halak from IR and sent down Ben Bishop. Halak will play against Columbus.

 

Guy Latendresse played 10 minutes in his return to the Minnesota lineup after a lengthy absense. He is one to watch, once he gets a few games in to get his timing back.

 

If Luca Sbisa's worth four years and $8.7 million at this point in his unproven and thus far unimpressive NHL career, then Shea Weber should be looking for 20 years and $743 million. That being said, Jeff Finger's contract was still way dumber.

 

There is a chance that Derick Brassard will play on Wednesday. If so, then there is a chance that Derek MacKenzie's fun ride on the top line is over.

 

AHL teams announced their Clear Day rosters yesterday, meaning these are the players eligible to play in the AHL postseason. Interesting names include Mats Zuccarello, Vladimir Zharkov, Michael Leighton, Michael Del Zotto, Linus Omark, Jonathan Blum, Steven Kampfer, OEL, Mikkel Boedker, Matt Calvert, Dustin Jeffrey. Full list here.

 

Leighton is an interesting one, as it means if the Flyers and the Phantoms each go deep and the Flyers need Leighton... well I'm not sure how that works - the Phantoms only have two goalies on their Clear Day list...hypothetically speaking, of course, since the Phantoms are horrible.

 

Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter was the WHL player of the week after notching seven goals and nine points in four games for Portland. I believe he'll be an NHLer next year in that 40-point range.

 

Dustin Byfuglien is day-to-day with a LBI. He will miss tonight's game. Since he did terrible when Enstrom was out of the lineup, I can't help but think that Enstrom will also see goose-eggs without the Big Buff. Just a hunch.

 

John-Michael Liles left last night's game with what appears to be a leg injury. The perfect ending to an injury-riddled campaign for the Avs.

 

My THN article yesterday on Bryan Bickell.

 

Sergei Kostitsyn is still getting 18/19 minutes per game, but is being held scoreless. While his brother Andrei is on fire, Sergei is pointless in seven and has just one point in 10 contests. Didn't I write the opposite statement about a month ago?

 

Patric Hornqvist only played 10 minutes, but I imagine that is related to the illness that caused him to miss practice the day before.

 

With Tomas Vanek out with the flu, Luke Adam got into the Buffalo lineup. He was minus-2 in seven minutes of ice time, so obviously not as impressive as some of his earlier games. He'll be full time next season though. Mark Parrish also got into the lineup, but was pointless in 10 minutes.

 

Hey! Andrej Sekera finally stopped scoring two points!

 

James Neal picked up his first goal as a Penguin and later added his first assist. As someone noted in the comments recently, he does indeed deserve entry into the Windex Wonders club.

 

Chris Kunitz was back in the lineup, here were the line combos for PIT: Staal with Kunitz and Kennedy; Letestu with Neal and Kovalev; Jeffrey with Dupuis and Cooke

 

Max Pacioretty took a nasty hit from Zdeno Chara and was down and out. He was later moving all extemities at the hospital. Clip of the hit below.

 

Corey Crawford finally got the hook after pounding out eight straight wins. He allowed three goals on eight shots and was pulled after the first period. Just overworked. But Marty Turco shutting the door after that could see to it that Turco gets the next start, giving Crawford a bit of a rest.

 

So leave it to Craig Anderson to stop the mighty Devil train. In eight Ottawa starts, Anderson has allowed three goals once, four goals once, and the other six games he allowed one or zero.

 

Rookie Erik Condra posted his second two-goal game of his short (10 game) career. I would consider him for a short-term pickup, yes. He's a promising rookie who I actually didn't have ranked on my prospects list, but Thursday's update will show him around 150ish.

 

More to come in the morning...

 

Whoa - this hit is ugly. Just a wicked head-slam into the pole. Should Chara be suspended?

 

 


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Thieving Giraffe said:

Thieving Giraffe
RE: Pacioretty Gentlemen, first post in years, good to be back. Man has this site come a long way from DH 1.0, 2.0 and, well, I don't even know what.0 we're on now. But kudos to the big man and crew.

A couple of notes on the topic of Pacioretty:

- from an EMT's perspective, the C4-C5 vertebral fracture is one you take note of. The C stands for the Cervical Spine... basically (oversimplified), think middle of the neck (C4 and C5 are the 4th and 5th vertebrae, out of 8, in that area). Picture a break in the middle of this x-ray. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi...oloumn.png. If anybody here has been in a collision where your neck felt fine but the EMTs wanted to put on a neck brace "just in case", Pacioretty's injury is why. You can lay there feeling relatively fine, then move your neck a little bit and paralyze yourself.

One of the problems with these injuries is that after they happen, the body's natural reactions to injury can make things worse, killing or damaging neurons that made it through the initial trauma. I'm sure they're addressing that. But even weeks later you have to worry about something called a Syrinx forming... basically all you need to know about that is that it can get in the way of full reconnection within the affected spinal area. And if you re-injure it before any scarring issues are months under control, you're in serious trouble.

In other words, "his career is in jeopardy" is putting it lightly.

- as cited by Christopher, Tony Massarotti was right to point out what the reaction would have been with roles reversed. http://www.boston.com/sports/c...efend.html

- side note... if there's a way to include a url, "a href" style (that is, using alternate text), message me how?

- side side note: Mazz still a clown.
March 09, 2011
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Emanuel Sequeira said:

hockeymasters
other features hey Dobber,

I love the fact you put in a Keeper Rules link there. It's much easier to find now.
March 09, 2011
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Pacioretty: Fractured Vertebrae Out of curiosity, does anybody remember how many games Avery had to sit for making fun of his ex-girlfriend?

I'm not saying that should be the standard or anything...

'cause how can anybody compare saying something stupid about your ex-girlfriend to inflicting a defenseless hit on somebody--resulting in fractured vertebrae?!

Something's wrong about this.
March 09, 2011
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Martin Cloutier said:

Anze
... McGuire says he talked to a lot of players and hockey executives who wished that the league would send the message the dangerous plays are not tolerated anymore, even by star players without prior history. And if Chara doesn't deserve a very long suspension, like some are calling for in Montreal, at least a few games would be a message.

I agree with that.
March 09, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
Doesn't take being a habs fan to know right and wrong Justin and Mike Brown you don't understand the real life or the sports world. This is bigger than just one hit suspend or no. This isn't about being a HABS fan. You're making hockey out to be the UFC. You don't have to fight to play hockey. Nor do you have to be 6'9 and 250+ pounds.
found this comment on TSN "So Anton Volchenkov got 3 games for the Devils for accidentally elbowing a player...and HE has NO track record - like Chara. Furthermore, that player he elbowed did not miss a game. And Max..his career could very well be over. The NHL is a joke. Accidental or NOT - you have to be CONSISTENT. If you compare it to the Volchenkov incident Chara should get at least 10 games. I'm not a hater of Chara, Bruins, or anyone but this is horrible."
Bruins fans say it was an accident. By the letter of the law, it was interference, from the image i posted it was a head shot, and it happens to be in the most dangerous area of the ice. Boarding is a call for hitting a player from behind in to the boards (mainly when u make contact in the numbers), this is just like boarding only using the stanchion. You get suspended when you injure a player for boarding them, accidentally or not. It might even be the fault of the player who fell, like when he turns his back to the boards. Players still get suspended for it, Pacioretty didn't even turn into the boards, he got pushed by a giant at full speed. There are consequences to actions, intentional or not, the NHL lives in the real world, not some fantasy world where they can make up punishments as they go a long.
Another good quote i heard today, Chara walks away scott free, hopefully Pax walks.
March 09, 2011
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Mike Brown said:

mbrown
Chara Hit I'm not a Bruins fan, just tired of the softies trying to take hitting out of the game, sure suspend intentional hits to the head, but no matter what you do you won't take the danger out of hockey, because then it'll be figure skating, and men won't want to play it anymore.
March 09, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
RE: Chara hit - M Brown i am guessing you are hoping for another pitts/nyi game?
a couple of games off for Chara would go a long to prevent it whether Chara deserves it or not.
Montreal is going to come out head hunting next game because the league did nothing.
Even the refs knew the game would get out of hand if they didn't eject Chara from the game.
Are the refs ladies to?
March 09, 2011
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Martin Cloutier said:

Anze
No suspension ? Hopefully Bergeron will get another concussion, Savard will never come back and Chara will break his neck. Then I can die happy
March 09, 2011
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Mike Brown said:

mbrown
Chara Hit Chara barely touched Pacioretty, it was Pacioretty's speed and trajectory that caused the injury and he'll probably be the first to admit that when he has the chance to see the hit. This ain't tiddly winks and sometime guys get hurt when men play sports this fast. I can't believe all the ladies suggesting this is suspendable. Thank god the NHL got one right for a change.
March 09, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... That picture is misleading. Watch the overhead angle, he never touches his head.
March 09, 2011
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AL said:

grindin griers
Chara No suspension or fine.
March 09, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
Say what you want, HERE'S THE PROOF Yes I'm a Habs fan. I was watching that game live last night and whatever Chara's intent may be, IT IS NOT A CLEAN HIT. It is 100% a head shot. Not only a head shot, check the link i provided, HE MAKES CONTACT WITH MAX's HEAD AT THE PARTITION.

http://twitpic.com/47se2y

Chara finishes a check into a guy's head at full speed while pinning against a wall.
March 09, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Thanks kjazz - I was at C'est What for the Puck Daddy event a few months ago. It's a good spot, if we go on a non-busy night. Also interested in your other suggestions Jason George, PJ O'Brien. I'll check them out.
March 09, 2011
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kjazz said:

kjazz
Pubs in Toronto I live downtown and know of a few decent off-the-beaten-path places. One is Jason George, at Front and Jarvis (104 Front St E). I just moved to the area so that's my usual beat, but haven't been going there enough to become familiar with the owner (met him a couple times, know some of the patrons better). Good place, lots of space, not expensive, TVs everywhere. < 5 min walk from King Station (so 5min from Yonge and King).

Also in that area is the Jersey Giant, which is more Church and Front. I've only been there once, so not familiar with it. And another place C'est What? right beside it, which has an awesome selection of beer but gets fairly crowded.

There's PJ O'Brien (http://www.irishembassypub.com/pjob/home.html) which has a neighbouring pub Pat Quinn's (same owner, not related to hockey's Pat Quinn) that also has a private room. Can get busy on Thurs, Fri, Sat evenings. This < 1 min from King St Station.

March 09, 2011
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
don't blame the player - blame the game... Friedman's take is unbiased & intelligent. Can't say I disagree. http://www.cbc.ca/sports/blogs...tself.html
March 09, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Once people only care when an injury occurs. Ive seen that happen many times without major injury. Look at Boychuk knee hit on Subban. No injury, nobody talks about it. Yet, if he tore his ACL, everyone would be clamouring for a suspension. NHL has to take intent into account. They wont of course, therefore, injuries will continue.
March 09, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... LOL! Thanks Dobber for the comment, I'm just a hard core knucks fan!!
Read the ramblings everyday, keep up the good work!
March 09, 2011
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Christopher said:

Colorjazz
What is it was Subban on Bergeron? I was reading a Boston newspaper. They made a good point: what would people say if that same incident was a Subban on Bergeron hit? We would'nt be asking if a suspension was necessary. Subban would be gone for the rest of the season. For me, the Bertuzzi and Chara hits are the same. Nothing more to say. The rest is just partisan talk.
March 09, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... mick - the ramblings are just Angus and I pissing around, talking casually about some fantasy hockey. Most news will be missed, some trends will be noted that nobody else catches...really quite casual. I'm sure the Canucks recent success gets lots of play on another site today smilies/wink.gif
March 09, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... i wonder if Chara would have made the same hit if boston was up by 4?
It should be put in the same category as a hit to the head - he did get a concussion - wonder how marc savard feels about Chara's hit?
March 09, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Gretzky's - I love it there, but it gets too crowded. Then again, I'm not sure about non-Leaf nights...perhaps I should time it for a non-Leaf night...
March 09, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... ted picher - stop beating around the bush please. We need to know how you feel about this!
March 09, 2011
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ted picher said:

rocketboy
SICK, DISGUSTING, AND Doubting the intent to injure by CHARA is a DISGRACE ANYONE WHO DOUBTS THE INTENT TO INJURE BY CHARA NEEDS TO WAKE UP!!!

This included the DOBBER crue. THIS SHOULD BE FRONT AND CENTER ON YOUR PAGE. Not a 2 liner in your notes. This is no longer about Fantasy!!!

WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The NHL is becoming a real JOKE of Goons who are judged not by their act but by who they are as a player.


25 games with a "TOO BAD" appoach is what is needed to wake these Bozo's up.

signed, Pissed off die hard NHL fan

March 09, 2011 | url
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... This Wacey Hamilton guy won't get any different looks than other players as Clouston will not be back next season, and he's signed for Binghamton and Binghamton only.
March 09, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Nice Pub Pretty sure there's a guy who is a pretty big fan of the game that owns a pub near the Rogers Centre. They call him Wayne Gretzky. Not sure if it's his real name or business name, but it sounds made up to me...


...
Sorry, couldn't resist
March 09, 2011
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jeff said:

deeper99
*attempt to injure Chara and Pac have a history since the Pac goal in o.t.

Chara have to answer to this; why you take 35 pim (in the last 3 games) against the same guys and says you did'nt *attempt to injure* in this case.

WHY??

vicious
March 09, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
canucks how about those knucks? not worthy of the days ramblings?
Hamhuis with 2 goals and the sedins are 1-2 in scoring
seems more relevant than the signing of a potential 4th line agitator IMO

the sedins have to be in the top 5 best players to watch in the NHL, just ask all the canucks fans in Phoenix.

Chara has a conference call with the league today so we should find out soon enough if he gets a few games or not.
March 09, 2011
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Matt said:

ultrawhiteness
if only if only they actually called interference penalties consistently... 9 times out of 10 that play doesn't result in anything.

short suspension cuz the result was brutal, but it didn't look malicious at all at real speed. those folks concocting conspiracy theories about Chara seeing the stanchion, timing the arm push perfectly, etc etc are abusing your access to the pause button.
March 09, 2011
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Kyle said:

Nationwide
Unfortunate I don't see how they can logically suspend Chara for the hit. It looks terrible, but that same play happening anywhere else on the ice leads to Pac just getting rubbed out. Having a big turnbuckle-like object at head level along the boards is moronic, but every arena has them. Every year there is about 2 or 3 instances of guys getting hit into them, this was just worse cuz he was skating alot faster. The hit wasn't from behind, and the rules don't change for that particular spot on the ice. Chara was either going to rub him out into the boards, or Pac would have skated by him.
March 09, 2011 | url
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James said:

jimywho1
... @Nate "For the sake of all hockey players I hope you don't play in a checking league James..."

actually Im a goalie.
March 09, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Penguins Imagined conversation: It's the spring of 94, Elk Point, AB. Father and 9-year old son watching the 21-year old Kovalev with another dangle through a rather befuddled Jeff Brown. "When I grow I'm gonna play with him in the NHL" says the boy. The father smiles. "Good to dream big, Mark Letestu. Good to dream" he thinks ... smilies/smiley.gif
March 09, 2011
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gerald said:

immortal_leafs
... I don't think Chara should be suspended - he's trying to stop Pacioretty from getting around him and having a clear lane to the goalie - I'm a little blown away by how many people on here are saying "he knew he was driving him into the glass" or phrases to that effect. Is it not possible Chara was trying to rub him out on the boards but instead of stopping, Pacioretty kept going and tried to get by chara?

I wouldn't be stunned if Chara was suspended, because this play had a very bad outcome, but I wouldn't suspend Chara for it personally.
March 09, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
... The NHL must suspend Chara. Failure to do so will too clearly demonstrate a Tier system, where suspensions are concerned. Chara is an All Star, therefore, it is unreasonable to believe him reporting that he was 'unaware' of the glass. He can claim he was on the road, and unfamiliar with the setup. I don't believe that either. He'll have played close to 100 games in the building over the years. Sometime soon we'll be talking about a great play he made. A play that was the result of excellent observational skills. One of the common characteristics of All Stars, is excellent observational skills. Chara intended to push Pacioretty into the glass. Maybe not bounce his head off it. The NHL also would demonstrate their true interest in curbing violence/concussions with this decision. Is all the concussion talk smoke and mirrors? Are they truly serious about head shots? Is it the National Hockey League or the National Hypocrisy League?
March 09, 2011
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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
Phantoms Dobber,

The Phantoms won't be going deep. They are terrible. I don't think they'll even make playoffs. I assume they just made the clear sheet as a formality.
March 09, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
... What Max Pac thought? He thought Chara will let him go around without checking him? He knew Chara was there...
Hjalmarsson hit (for example) on Pomminville was much more reckless and there was more chance to expect the hit in this case.
Chara will be suspended - probably for a couple of games.
March 09, 2011 | url
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hockey said:

hockey
... I disagree that this is an OBVIOUS attempt to injure. The hit itself does not look vicious and if it happened anywhere else on the boards I doubt pac would have even fallen to the ice. Chara knows the turn buckle is there but I doubt he went into the boards thinking he would perfectly maneuver pac head into it. late hits in big games are not exactly uncommon and chara probably did mean to get an extra crack at him but Charas history as an honorable player needs to be taken into account. He simply hasnt ever shown himself to be the type of player many of you are describing (over a long career). Since it was an illegal hit the league should probably doll out some extra punishment (akin to players being responsible for their stick). I watched the video a bunch of times and to tell you the truth it looked to me like chara was looking up ice at the play when he hit him (this does not make me a failure at observation just because nate said it would). I dont think he intended for him to hit the turnbuckle at all, but i do think it was reckless and unnecessary turnbuckle or no.
March 09, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Big Ev...
Big Ev wrote:
Unless you're Zdeno Chara himself, you have absolutely no idea if he meant to hurt him. That being said, he isn't a guy who wants to hurt people. Unfortunate that the partition was there, and too bad Pacioretty got hurt, but I don't see him getting suspended. The 5 and a game he got was enough.


Big Ev wrote:If he's really focused on hitting Pacioretty, I doubt he has time to know that the partition is there. That's a split second decision.


1) "unfortunate that the partition was there"
That's B.S. That partition is always there. It doesn't move. It stays in the same spot all game long. This isn't like bumping into another player who you didn't see move... this is a stationary object.

Should we now consider face-first boarding ok? Clearly it's just unfortunate that the boards are there right? Who would possibly expect that the boards would be where they are right?

2) "If he's really focused on hitting Pacioretty, I doubt he has time to know that the partition is there"
Sorry, Chara isn't some toddler learning to play the game. This is a guy who's played hockey for decades, has won the Norris and been nominated for it several other times.

He's widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the game (a large part of that is due to his very, very good positional awareness)... and you expect me to believe he didn't know exactly where he was on the ice in relation to not only the blue lines, center ice, faceoff dots, benches, but also the stanchion?

I'm calling B.S. here too buddy. A player of Chara's caliber (hell, any player at the NHL level) knows where that stanchion is. Most likely know it like they know the back of their hand.
March 09, 2011
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Gotta Suspend Him They had recent history.

We have that to go by and the video.

Whether he meant to drive him into that edge is beside the point from where I'm standing. He went for a late hit on somebody in a defenseless position, so he's responsible for what happened because of that hit, and if he doesn't want that responsibility, there's an easy way to avoid it...

Don't hit people late when they're in a defenseless position.
March 09, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... If he's really focused on hitting Pacioretty, I doubt he has time to know that the partition is there. That's a split second decision.
March 09, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Unless you're Zdeno Chara himself, you have absolutely no idea if he meant to hurt him. That being said, he isn't a guy who wants to hurt people. Unfortunate that the partition was there, and too bad Pacioretty got hurt, but I don't see him getting suspended. The 5 and a game he got was enough.
March 09, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
Chara/Boston You know... after watching this incident unfold, I found myself thinking how wonderful it is that Boston (generally) plays pretty clean hockey. Seriously... considering they could ice a line of: lucic, campbell, horton, ference, and chara, they could get away with some dirty shit (who's gonna be able to pick someone to fight from that crew?)...

It's amazing actually that the boys from Beantown are (generally) as clean as they are... It's good to see really. God help us if Lucic or Chara ever ends up on some of the other teams with guys that regularly take liberties...

That said, I hope a substantial suspension comes down for this one... as others have said below, chara knew exactly what he was doing... and he could've killed (or paralyzed) Pacioretty by doing it.
March 09, 2011
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flaupmes said:

Zangief
... 3 Games Tops. I am not sure if people should be so quick to label it a deliberate attempt to injure. Chara is physical but not dirty, he has proven this over his career. Pac was getting by him and he finished his check. In real time, the play took just over a second.
I dont think going down the stretch and fighting for a top seed Chara is thinking hey I want to smash this guys head into this partition and hospitalize him.
Up to Mike Murphy though. I am sure because of the result he will have to be give him some games, my guess is 3.
March 09, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... *attempt to injure.

Interference, sure. Chara knows the turnbuckle is there. He has played hundreds of games in NHL rinks - he knows the dimensions. Dirty and vicious. Injury severity should be irrelevant (it never is, though).
March 09, 2011
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
... Agreed with Angus that this is the range in which I think the NHL will rule. My guess is 8 games. My biggest issue is that the puck is gone so he should not be finishing that check. So in principle the hit is illegal. And since that caused an injury he should be held responsible. Like most vicious hits I'd personally give him a much longer suspension though.
March 08, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I'd give Chara at least 5-10 games for that. Vicious and a complete and blatant attempt to injury.
March 08, 2011
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Rabih Sebaaly said:

2ndliners
Disgusting... Come on, that's a pure intent to injure. It wasn't a hit, it was a timely push. Don't say that Chara did not know what he was pushing Pacioretty toward. These guys are pros, they are on the ice every day, they know every inch of a rink. Every player fears that spot because it dangerous. Chara CHOSE to slam Pacioretty on that exact spot. He saw the opportunity and took it. He even looked at the spot before finishing the push. I see no difference between that, a clotheline hit, a swing of a stick to the head or a sucker punch a la Bertuzzi. It was malicious and vicious. I love Chara but that was a very bad judgement call on his behalf.

He is actually lucky that Max is not paralyzed. There is a possibility that this kid's career ended tonight. He laid motionless and unconscious for at least 3-4 minutes before they dragged him out to an ambulance.

The NHL should make a huge statement of this case especially because of all the bad blood between the 2 teams. We all remember the last game between these 2 teams. Tonight Montreal was up 4-0 on Boston and Chara's anger got the best of him. Sadly, the NHL will deliver a gutless review and give Chara no games at all or maybe 1.

Seriously someone will be killed one day on the ice... these got to stop. There was nothing fun about this vicious hit. The whole building fell silent and no one really felt the game should continue, as all were fearing for the kid's life for a moment. Not good entertainment or sport.
March 08, 2011
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munch said:

munch
... If you've played hockey, you KNOW that place is dangerous - just like an open bench door. It wasn't a hard hit, but it was awfully dangerous. On another slow-motion replay, you can see Pacioretty leaning his head away as he sees the glass coming and it's Chara's forearm holding/pushing his head in/towards the glass.
We can argue about Chara's intent forever, but the consequence of putting his arm out, late, is just gut-wrenching.
Just like you're responsible for your stick, you're responsible for your body. If your stick touches a guy's face, intentionally or not, you get a minor. If you put a guy into harm's way like Chara did with an illegal play, I don't know... but it's worth investigating and not just simply claim it was an 'accident'. smilies/cry.gif

March 08, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
... For the sake of all hockey players I hope you don't play in a checking league James...

Chara knew he was going to hit the pole like that, he'd have been stupid not to have seen it considering at 1:09 in the video if you freeze it you can see Chara looking DIRECTLY at the post while pushing Pac into it. So he was reckless, check, late on the hit, check, and he basically punched the guy in the face as he hit the post, so one more check. Anyone who defends this moron for that either owns him in a hockey pool and doesn't want to lose him to stupidity, or is a complete and utter failure at basic observation.
March 08, 2011
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