No Fine or Suspension For Bruins Chara

BOSTON (CBS) – The NHL has announced they will not fine or suspend Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara for his hit on the Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.

The decision was announced by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Ops Mike Murphy.

“After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline,” Murphy said in a statement. “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.”

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Pacioretty was hospitalized after being checked into the glass headfirst by Chara late in the second period of Montreal’s 4-1 victory Tuesday night. He was diagnosed with a severe concussion and fractured vertebrae as a result of the hit.

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