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Mark Recchi Thinks The Canadiens Were Exaggerating Max Pacioretty's Concussion and Fractured Vertebrae

Remember when Boston’s Zdeno Chara put Montreal’s Max Pacioretty into the turnbuckle and left him motionless on the ice with a fractured vertebrae and a concussion? Chara’s teammate Mark Recchi thinks the Canadiens “exaggerated the injury in an attempt to get the league’s attention.”

“I believe, yeah, they were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit,” he said. “We’re very thankful that he is OK and that he’s getting better. I mean, he was [tweeting] at a movie four or five days later. … Obviously if you have a bad concussion, like they said, you’re not gonna be at a movie. …”

Well, that sounded fairly stupid, eh? Maybe its just me, but if I were questioning what Pacioretty were doing at the movies I would have gone with the broken neck thing. Pretty sure you’re OK to watch a movie a few days after you had a concussion. I would think a broken vertebrae would require some bed rest.

“Yeah. He does obviously have a fractured vertebrae — the concussion was a non-factor, maybe a day or day. Maybe one day he felt it and then he was fine a couple days later.”

Mark Recchi is obviously a “rub some dirt on it” kind of guy. The Canadiens and Bruins face off tonight in Boston for the first time since the incident. I’m just guessing, but there might be a fight or two.

[National Post, Image via Getty]

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