Holy shit. Slightly shocked by this. Didn’t think Chara deserved a suspension but thought the NHL would hand one out anyways.
Mike Murphy statement on Chara (via Sean Leahy’s twitter):
After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline. This hit resulted from a play that evolved and then happened very quickly — with both players skating in the same direction and with Chara attempting to angle his opponent into the boards. I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous. This was a hockey play that resulted in an injury because of the player colliding with the stanchion and then the ice surface. In reviewing this play, I also took into consideration that Chara has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident during his 13-year NHL career.
What’ll be interesting will which Habs player will try to get retribution next time the Bs and Habs meet. Ryan White? He barely held his own against Boychuk. We’re pretty sure Gomez will just try to talk Chara into tears. Subban will just go yap his gums. Hal Gill will just stand there like… well, Hal Gill.
Habs fans are already getting whiny and creating a Greg Campbell conspiracy. Some are still saying Bruins can’t play real hockey (their record would prove otherwise). Some are saying the end result is what matters — if that’s the case any hit that results in an injury is suspendable and you might as well be watching women’s Olympic hockey (Habs style, of course). Others are wondering who Lucic and Thornton will “kill” next. Not sure what they have to do with Chara. We don’t blame Habs fans for being angry — we’d be too — but these grand conspiracies is just unneeded drama.
Really, the NHL needs to get rid of that stupid glass box between the benches. We know it’s to help keep the team’s from throwing jabs at each other and so Pierre McGuire can rub one out, but you get rid of that area somehow and you’ve cut down the turnbuckles in half from four to two — just the two at each end of the bench.
It’s also being reported that Pacioretty has a severe concussion (duh) and a fractured vertibrea (eeks). Hoping he makes a full recovery; hate to see a young career cut short.
Photoshop by Eric/@BosBruinsFan
Wheel of Punishment Part II coming up shortly…