Chara Escapes Extra Punishment
Zdeno Chara will not face a suspension for his controversial hit on Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens.
"After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplement discipline," wrote NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy today. "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."
Pacioretty has been diagnosed with a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae in his neck. He is still in hospital. The hit happened with 16 seconds left in the second period Tuesday night. Chara ran Pacioretty into the partition separating the two player benches and was assessed an interference major and game misconduct.
"This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then then ice surface," wrote Murphy.