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03/11/2011 - 12:40am
Pacioretty: Don't prosecute Chara
By: DJ Bean

Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty was very upset when he learned that the NHL decided against suspending Zdeno Chara, but he made sure Thursday night that people knew he is not in favor of a criminal investigation.

 

"I sincerely appreciate all of the support that I have received since my injury," Pacioretty said in a statement. "I was disappointed that the NHL did not suspend Zdeno Chara. However, I have no desire for him to be prosecuted legally. I feel that the incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game.

 

"I understand that this is not my decision. I have respect and admiration for the authorities in Quebec. I simply wanted to make my opinion clear."

 
Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae when a hit from Chara late in the second period of...
03/11/2011 - 12:21am
Chara on police: 'Shouldn't go that far'

Following Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres, Zdeno Chara said he was relieved to be back playing and appreciated the words earlier in the day from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty that the Bruins captain shouldn't be prosecuted for the hit during Tuesday's game in Montreal. 

 

"It's obviously a nice gesture," Chara said. "It's something that, for sure, shouldn't go that far. It's something, like I said, very unfortuante. I keep repeating that. You feel bad about it. You don't want to see anybody get hurt and especially, in that case, upper body, and most likely, neck and head."

 

Word came on Thursday that Montreal authorities plan an investigation to determine whether criminal charges should be brought against Chara, whose hit into the turnbuckle at center ice gave Pacioretty a severe concussion and fractured a vertebrae in his back.  

 

"We all feel bad about...

03/10/2011 - 10:47pm
Overpowered: Boyes' OT goal beats B's

Former Bruin Brad Boyes took a pass from former Boston College star Nathan Gerbe and scored on a sprawling Tim Thomas with 1:16 left in overtime to lead the Sabres to a 4-3 win over the Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins have lost three straight after a season-best seven-game win streak. 

 

Playing his first game since his hit on Max Pacioretty Tuesday in Montreal, Zdeno Chara received support from the sellout TD Garden crowd as he skated his first shift 30 seconds in to chants of "Chara, Chara, Chara." He also delivered a big hit later in the first period on Jason Pominville, which led to a break out and a chance for Nathan Horton. 

 

But Chara and the Bruins fought the Sabres and the referees whistle all night as they were called for seven penalties that led to a pair of Buffalo power play goals. After Gregory Campbell gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead just 2:18 into the third, Mark Recchi and...

03/10/2011 - 10:02pm
Joe Thornton: NHL goes easy on B's
By: DJ Bean

Former Bruins captain Joe Thornton suggested Thursday that the NHL rules favorably in the case of the Bruins when it comes to disciplining Boston players. He told The Globe and Mail that he isn't sure why it happens, but that it does. 

 

“It’s just something with Boston,” Thornton said. “It just seems like they have a horseshoe. We’ve seen the [Milan] Lucic cross-check to the head [of Dominic Moore] earlier, and there’s no disciplinary thing.

 

“It’s just something about Boston and the disciplinary [process] is on their side. I’m not sure why that is. I’m not assuming that Colin’s kid is on the team and that’s why, but it’s really bizarre.”

 

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03/10/2011 - 6:56pm
Ainge on Big Show: Loss a 'wake-up call'

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show with Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley to talk about the team and their loss to the Clippers. "We really haven't been playing great, but we've been getting away with wins and last night was a good wake-up call for us," Ainge said. "We can't just show up and think we're going to win. We have to come to the gym ready to win." 

 

Ainge said that blaming the new players for defensive shortcomings was "an excuse." He continued, "When we were all together I thought one of the worst defensive games we played all year was against Phoenix [in late January]. It's just bad rotations. It's the point of attack. It's how we're defending the pick and roll and it's not any new guys. It's not any new guys. It's guys who have been on the court together in a lot of cases. I think it's effort. I think it's focus." 

 

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