Pacioretty out indefinately for the Canadiens

The news is not good for Montreal Canadiens’ young forward, Max Pacioretty, who was taken off on a stetcher with just 15.8 left in the second period, of what was a 4-1 victory, against the Boston Bruins. Pacioretty, who has scored 14 goals and 24 points this season, was diagnosed with a serious concussion and a fractured vertebra; after falling victim to a hard, Zdeno Chara, hit on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the check occurred between the team benches, and as a result Pacioretty’s head was smashed into the glass partitian. Right away Pacioretty went down and was motionless. “What I remember about it was the sound … it sounded like a gun: bang!” said Pacioretty’s linemate, Scott Gomez. “Stuff like that is tough to look at.” Chara, who expressed remorse following the play. He escaped league suspension. He was given a major for interference and a game misconduct; which of course means an automatic league hearing. “I feel bad about what happened,” said Chara, who is the Bruins’ captain. “I was trying to make a strong hockey play …and play hard … and it’s very unfortunate. Like I said … that a player got hurt and had to leave the game.” Following the NHL’s announcement that no suspension would be given to Chara, various Montreal fans showed their frustration by calling the police to file a criminal complaint against Chara. “Knowing him (Chara) as I know him,” Bruins coach, Claude Julien, said, “there was no intent to injure the player on that play. As I mentioned (Tuesday), the location of the injury is what caused the damage, and that’s the unfortunate part of it.”

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