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03/09/2011 - 4:06pm
Chara: 'Obviously I feel bad' about hit
By: DJ Bean

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."

 

Chara had a hearing with the league via conference call at noon Wednesday and is awaiting word on whether or not he'll be suspended for the play, which left Pacioretty with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrea. 

 

"We just described the play. We said things that we said, and we're just waiting to hear back," Chara said.

 

The captain noted that he...

03/09/2011 - 1:39pm
Pacioretty suffered head, vertebrae injuries
By: DJ Bean

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.

 

“Max will remain at the hospital for further observation," Martin said in a statement. "There will be no other prognosis for the time being, but he will obviously be out indefinitely. The most important thing for our organization right now is Max’s recovery. We will continue following recommendations from the doctors and of course, Max and his immediate family would appreciate privacy in this matter.”

 

Update: Chara was not suspended for the play, on which he received a five-minute major for interference and a game misconduct....

03/09/2011 - 11:51am
Chiarelli: Chara hit was 'strong hockey play'

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.”

 

Chiarelli went on to relay what Chara told him about the play.

 

“What Z told me was he felt that the Pacioretty tried to squeeze beside him and went sideways, when he did, his momentum and Z’s momentum pushed him into the stanchion," the Bruins' GM said. "It’s unfortunate and I heard (Pacioretty) was hurt and is feeling better and recovering. But I think it was a strong hockey play....

03/09/2011 - 11:25am
Melrose on D&C: Chara hit not dirty

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.

 

 

"My thinking on it was that it wasn't a dirty hit," Melrose said. "Chara is finishing his check. Yeah, it could have been an interference penalty, but there's no way when you're running a guy off and finishing a check like that and you're going at full-speed like that that you know where that turnbuckle is on-purpose and you can run a guy in like that on-purpose. That just doesn't happen. Things happen too fast. You don't have the awareness on the ice. So obviously Chara was finishing his check and maybe it was interference...

03/09/2011 - 8:47am
Mashup: Artest says it's good to cry

Lakers guard Ron Artest weighed in on the Heat's crying saga by saying it's OK to let out your emotions. "In my psychology sessions, I sometimes cry with my therapist," he said in an interview on NBA TV. "We cry and hug each other; hold each other and talk. I think it’s a good thing to cry and let your emotions out rather than keep it inside." Artest added that he hoped someone hugged the unidentified Heat players who cried — according to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who later tried to change his story — after Sunday's loss to the Bulls. "I would have hugged them and got some ice cream," Artest said.

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.


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