Boston’s Zdeno Chara checked Montreal’s Max Pacioretty into the turnbuckle and Pacioretty had to be carted off the ice. Chara will have a phone call with the league office today to find out if there’s a punishment awaiting him.
What makes this look worse – and it’s hard to look worse than causing player to be carted off – is that Chara has a fresh history with Pacioretty and the Habs. Back in January, Pacioretty scored the game-winner in overtime and a scuffle broke out between Chara and the celebrating Canadians. Did that incident lead to last night’s hit? I’m guessing no. Chara just hit an off-balance player at a really bad spot on the ice. Three feet in any direction and we’re not talking about this. Bad luck for both players. Pacioretty was moving his arms and legs and talking by the time he reached the hospital.
[NYT, gif via mocksession]