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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.


03/09/2011 - 7:04am
Report: Chara to have noon phone hearing

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.

 

To view the incident, and vote on whether or not the hit was dirty, go to the Producers Blog by clicking here. For more Bruins coverage, go to the team page at weei.com/bruins.


03/08/2011 - 11:48pm
Chara: 'Not my style to hurt somebody'
By: DJ Bean

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. 

 

"Obviously, that wasn't my intention to push him into the post," Chara told reporters following the game. "It's very unfortunate. In that situation, everything's happening fast, and you're not planning to do that. That's not my style to hurt somebody. I always play hard, play physical, but I never try to hurt anybody. I'm hoping he's OK."

 

"I think what people have to understand is Zdeno is not a dirty player," Bruins coach Claude Julien said in his NESN postgame interview with Naoko Funayama. "He certainly never meant for that to happen. I think if anything he tried to rub him out in the boards....

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