shaftman Posted March 9, 2011 Report Share Posted March 9, 2011 <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="640" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/p1rM102Fyj4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> I, like many of you, watched the game live last night. I saw, with less than 20 seconds left in the 2nd period, Pacioretty skating hard to get to the puck and Chara closing in on the play. What I saw next was quite simply brutal. Chara pushed Pacioretty hard into the boards/pole. Chara is a massive, strong man so when he pushes you, it is virtually unstoppable and it will be forceful. Chara made the decision to do what he did. He is a veteran and he knows the Habs ice. Chara could have easily chosen NOT to do it. You can clearly see Chara shove Pacioretty. He did not 'guide' him. Pacioretty was defenseless. From the first time I saw it to the many replays, it was absolutely brutal. I prayed to God that Max did not have a broken neck and/or fractured skull. We now have learned he does in fact have a cracked vertebrae...incredible it was not worse...but what if it was? What if he would have been paralyzed or his injuries led to his death? Chara and the Bruins coach both spun how Chara is not a dirty player and all you have to do is look at his past. Chara also said he did not want to hurt Max or anyone he plays against. That is a lie! Let his past record be changed. Chara lined that hit up. He was very frustrated that his team was getting beat so badly. He wanted to send a strong message to the Habs for the 3rd period. Now the league can send a strong message to Chara and the Bruins organization. So many times the offender gets the light end of punishment while the victim suffers. A severe suspension is needed. Imagine if this was a player from your fav team. Imagine if this was your son or relative...I cannot fathom how Max's family must be doing right now. It was a scary, terrible and absolutely preventable incident. Zdeno Chara made the decision to do what he did and he must be held accountable. If not, then it is just one more black eye on the NHL that goes untreated. At any level of hockey, this type of hit should result in harsh punishment. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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