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Montreal Police Complete Probe Into Bruins’ Chara

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Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara skates off the ice after hitting Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty during the second period NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara skates off the ice after hitting Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty during the second period NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

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MONTREAL (AP) — Police have completed their investigation into the Bruins’ Zdeno Chara for his hit on the Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty, forwarding the report to prosecutors.

Crown lawyers will decide whether to charge Boston’s captain for the hit during a regular-season game on March 8 that sidelined Pacioretty with a concussion and a cracked vertebra.

Montreal police said Wednesday that they interviewed Chara last month, after Boston had completed its Stanley Cup-winning run.

Read: Bruins DieHard: Montreal Police “Incredible and Beyond Comprehension”

Authorities in Quebec got involved amid a public outcry over the NHL’s decision to not suspend Chara.

Pacioretty is expected to return to action next season. He was disappointed by the league’s failure to discipline Chara, but disagreed with decision for law enforcement to get involved.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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