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.”

 

Talking on the Dennis & Callahan Show with Dale Arnold and Gerry Callahan, ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose insisted that the hit Bruins' captain Zdeno Chara made on Montreal's Max Pacioretty in the Canadiens' 4-1 win over the B's Tuesday night was enough to warrant a suspension from the NHL.

 

 

According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Zdeno Chara is scheduled to have a phone hearing with the NHL's VP of hockey operations Mike Murphy regarding any sort of discipline that may be enforced following the Bruins' captain's hit on Max Pacioretty of the Canadiens during Montreal's 4-1 victory over the B's Tuesday night.

 

Zdeno Chara has been plenty of things in his NHL career: The tallest guy to ever play the game. The captain who got the “C” before playing a single game with the Bruins.



Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was given a five-minute interference major and a game misconduct when a hit along the boards forced Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty to hit his head on the glassed area and left him motionless on the ice. After the game, the Chara spoke about the play. 

 

The Bruins were beaten handily Tuesday night, dropping a 4-1 contest to the Canadiens and losing their captain for the third period at the Bell Centre. 

Canadiens forward Lars Eller scored two goals in the first period, with Brian Gionta and James Wisniewski adding power play goals in the second period. Eller entered the game with five goals through 61 games this season. 

Milan Lucic broke up Carey Price's shutout bid at 13:21 of the third period, scoring his 29th goal of the season.

Bruins forward Brad Marchand landed a couple of pregame shots at the Canadiens Tuesday morning, calling out their style of play and on-ice antics. 

 

“They like to get in and shoot their mouths off and then when you hit them they’ll dive down and fall easy,” Marchand told a group that included CTV’s Arpon Basu.

 

WILMINGTON – The Bruins and Canadiens have set the bar pretty high, even by this rivalry’s standards. 

The last time the two teams met, they combined for 187 penalty minutes and 14 goals in an 8-6 Bruins victory. 



WILMINGTON -- Bruins coach Claude Julien said that Mark Recchi missed Monday's practice with personal reasons, but that the veteran forward will travel with the team to Montreal for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens. Defensemen Steven Kampfer and Andrew Ference will not travel with the B's. Kampfer, out with a concussion, is still dealing with headaches as he looks to get back on the ice.