Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday that Andrew Ference, who has skated the past two days after missing the last five games with a lower-body injury, is getting closer to a return to the Bruins' lineup and could play as soon as Tuesday. 

 

"Depending on how he does here in the next few days," Julien said, "I wouldn't exclude him from the game in Columbus."

 

According to the Montreal Gazette, Montreal police are investigating Zdeno Chara's hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty Tuesday night. 

 

Quebec's Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions has advised the ministry of Public Security to look into the matter, with the Gazette noting that Thursday "the investigation will begin immediately."

 

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke to the media Thursday morning, doing so for the first time since learning that he would not be suspended for his hit that left Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty hospitalized with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrea. Following the ruling, Pacioretty lashed out to TSN, saying the he was "disgusted" that Chara, who he felt intended to injure him, was not punished.  

 

Speaking for the first time since his injury Tuesday night, Montreal forward Max Pacioretty said he was “upset and disgusted” that the league didn’t suspend Zdeno Chara for the incident.

“I am upset and disgusted that the league didn’t think enough of (the hit) to suspend him,” Pacioretty told TSN. “I not mad for myself, I’m mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it’s okay, they won’t be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt.

According to the Canadian Press, Montreal police have been 'inundated' with phone calls demanding Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's arrest. 

 

Chara was not suspended Wednesday after his hit on Max Pacioretty sent the Canadiens forward into a stanchion and left him with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrae.

 

NESN hockey analyst Andy Brickley joined The Big Show on Wednesday, telling Michael Holley and Glen Ordway that he agreed with the NHL's decision to not suspend Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. 

 

"I knew there would be a case to be made against Zdeno Chara," Brickley said, "but I was of the opinion that there would be no supplementary discipline or suspension based on the way I saw it." 

 

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will not be fined or suspended by the NHL for hitting Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the beginning of the glassed area between benches on Tuesday night. Chara spoke about the incident at Wednesday's Bruins practice.
 

“It’s been hard,” Chara said. “Obviously I feel bad about what happened. I am trying to make strong hockey plays and play hard. It’s very unfortunate that a player got hurt and had to leave the game. It is in my mind.”
 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke briefly after the team's practice Wednesday, reflecting on how things have been for him since he was ejected from Tuesday night's game for hitting Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the beginning of the glassed area between benches.

 

"It's been hard," Chara said. "Obviously I feel bad about what happened. I am trying to make strong hockey plays and play hard. It's very unfortunate that a player got hurt and had to leave the game. It is in my mind."

 

Canadiens coach Jacques Martin announced Wednesday that forward Max Pacioretty, who was motionless on the ice after taking a hit into a stanchion along the boards from Zdeno Chara Tuesday night, suffered a severe concussion and a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae.

 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli explained his view of Zdeno Chara's hit of Max Pacioretty during the B's 4-1 loss to Montreal Tuesday night, calling the incident "a hockey play."

 

”I’ve heard some people suggest he should have been aware of the stanchion, waited, and then rubbed him out," Chiarelli said, speaking on CBS Radio in Boston. “Players are aware of the stanchion, some players try to drive guys in. I know Z’s not that type of player.”