Mark Recchi Agrees Montreal Canadiens Exaggerated Max Pacioretty’s Concussion

It was only three weeks ago that Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara checked Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty into the corner of the glass, fracturing his vertebrae and giving him a concussion (watch the video). The NHL did not suspend Chara for the hit, recognizing it was a legitimate hockey play that did not have malicious intent. That responses did not sit well with Montreal fans who essentially demanded a police investigation into the situation.

As Pacioretty continues to recover, the teams will meet on Thursday night in their rematch and there is little doubt Montreal will be seeking revenge. As if that’s not bad enough to ponder, there’s Mark Recchi’s comments which have added a new wrinkle to the situation.

The Bruins veteran winger joined The Sports Hub in Boston for an interview with a host who was convinced the Canadiens embellished the extent of Pacioretty’s concussion. Recchi completely agreed with that idea, as I learned from Goon’s World. In the interview, Recchi said “[Pacioretty] does obviously have a fractured vertebra, but the concussion is obviously really a non-factor. In maybe a day or two — maybe a day he felt it — but he was fine a couple days later. They were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit. In terms of that side, they’re doing whatever they could to get him suspended.”

Recchi noted how Pacioretty was tweeting from a movie less than a week later and said that was inconsistent behavior for someone who had a severe concussion. He could be right about his comments and it wouldn’t surprise me. The people of Montreal have acted so irrationally throughout this whole affair that would actually fit in with the way they’ve been doing things.

Montreal Launching Police Investigation into Zdeno Chara Hit on Max Pacioretty

We all know the people of Canada take their hockey seriously. When someone gets injured as a result of what Canadiens fans consider to be a cheap shot, some sort of repercussion is expected. As you can probably imagine, Canadiens fans were not happy when the NHL decided not to fine nor suspend Zdeno Chara for this hit on Max Pacioretty, which left the 22-year-old with a fractured vertebra and severe concussion.

Being upset is one thing, but do the police really need to get involved?  According to the Montreal Gazette, via Barstool Sports, Montreal police have launched an official investigation into the hit Chara put on Pacioretty.  Wow.  Assault charges have been handed down for hockey hits before, but am I the only one who actually saw what happened?

If the hit Pacioretty took happened two feet to the left or right, we wouldn’t even be talking about it.  Unless you think Chara is the most accurate head-hunter in the history of athletic competition, you can’t honestly say his intention was to nearly decapitate Pacioretty on the turnbuckle that jets out next to the team benches.  Watch the tape.

Said Pacioretty about the incident: “I am upset and disgusted that the league didn’t think enough of (the hit) to suspend him. I’m 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.”

Lock him up.  Bread and water for the next two years.

Zdeno Chara Check Knocks Out Max Pacioretty (Video)

File this one under freak accident. Unless Zdeno Chara has pin-point accuracy in his attempts to hurt other players and knows how to use the structure of the rink to injure people, there’s no way the hit he put on Montreal’s Max Pacioretty during Tuesday night’s Bruins-Habs game was intentional. Canadiens fans will certainly argue otherwise, but watch the footage.  Fortunately, Pacioretty is said to be okay after the hit.  Check out the Zdeno Chara-Max Pacioretty knockout video, courtesy of NESN:

Chara was given a five-minute major, but only because Pacioretty was hurt so badly.  Had the same play happened at any other spot on the ice, the result would not have been a disaster and Chara may have even avoided a penalty.  We’re all glad Pacioretty is okay and nobody ever wants to see something like that happen, but it would be a shame to see the NHL suspend Chara for an unfortunate coincidence. The main thing we should learn from this incident is that the NHL needs to pad the area that separates the team benches. With guys flying around at such high speeds, it’s not safe to have rock solid glass and steel jetting out from the bench area. This injury is a tough way to figure that out.