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Pacioretty calls out Shanahan

Dec 5, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

Pacioretty on Letang

Montreal forward Max Pacioretty says the NHL compared his hit on Kris Letang to the one Matt Cooke put on Marc Savard in 2010.

League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan says the NHL did nothing of the sort.

That’s the crux of the “war of words” between Pacioretty and Shanahan, according to the Canadian Press.

“We didn’t bring it up, (Shanahan) brought it up,” said Pacioretty while explaining what was said during his disciplinarian hearing. “You can ask my agent (Alec Schall). He was on the phone. Ask the GM (Pierre Gauthier). It happened.”

Pacioretty was suspended three games for checking Letang in the head, but Shanahan says the Cooke-on-Savard hit wasn’t used as a comparable during the hearing.

“I said very clearly, I am not comparing it to Cooke-Savard,” Shanahan said last week on TSN Radio 990 in Montreal.

Anyway, the story isn’t really about the Pacioretty-Letang incident versus the Cooke-Savard one. It’s more about whether a comparison was actually made. But for the record, here are the two hits:


Pacioretty thinks there’s a clear difference between the hits.

“Savard’s a lefty coming across. He has no idea Cooke’s coming from the other side of the ice,” he said.

Letang, on the other hand, saw the hit coming, according to Pacioretty.

Hey, remember when everyone was falling over themselves to pat Shanahan on the back for his tough-on-crime rulings? Yeah, those days are done.

“They’re doing the best they can to crack down, but it’s not consistent,” said Pacioretty.

  1. nhmac - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Absolutely shocked to see a Canadians player complaining about something…..

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    You mean he hasn’t stopped his bitching yet? Like I said before, he elbowed a guy in the face and broke his nose. There’s no way to justify that or contend it shouldn’t have resulted in a suspension. Patches needs to shut his mouth before he loses the respect of anyone who still has any for him

  3. dougr42 - Dec 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    I doubt Shanaban compared the two hits. Cooke wasn’t suspended for his. As ridiculous as that is, you can’t compare the two since the rules were different when Cooke killed Savard and it wasn’t suspendable then. If Pacioretty thinks Shanaban compared them based on the dirtiness, not suspendability, of the hit then I’d have to agree with him that the player being able to see the hit coming makes a HUGE difference.

  4. sheppyshep8 - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Dear Mr. Shanahan,

    While on a call with Pacioretty, if you said “I am not comparing it to Cooke-Savard”…guess what buddy, you just compared it to Cooke-Savard.

    but in reality…Pacioretty needs to stop complaining and be glad it wasn’t longer than 3 games.

    • HitsDingers - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      I wish I had more hands so I could give that comment three thumbs down. If you say, “I’m not going to compare apples to oranges… but I like apples,” then you aren’t saying anything about oranges. Just by fact of saying the word, you aren’t making a comparison. “I’m not going to compare this to Cooke-Savard, but this was a suspendable hit,” doesn’t make any comparison to Cook-Savard whatsoever. It does the exact opposite. Logic, anyone?

  5. sonofsamiam - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Max still looking for people to feel sorry for him? Yawn

  6. neelyisgod - Dec 5, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    No Bruins bias with this comment but Pacioretty and the rest of the Canadiens and their fanbase need to look in the mirror and look at themselves and ask the simple question, Do we as a team, play a fair game? There are only so many times you can cry Wolf before no one listens.

    Play the game and let things fall where they may.

  7. carol6645 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:36 PM

    Someone isn’t getting up ever again after one of these hits! Life over on the ice playing a hockey game.

    VIOLENCE on ice under the heading of “HOCKEY!” On Purpose. Premeditated! ALL the dirty hits by ALL the players who commit them are criminal minds!

    A few change for good but they are few and far between! They smirk. They make excuses. They are nothing but criminals on skates!

    I’d go with criminal charges! Take their hockey sticks and uniforms away from them in exchange for bars and stripes!

  8. emperor83 - Dec 5, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    I may agree on the suspension here, but anyone who actually PAYS ATTENTION knows for a FACT Shanahan is biased.

  9. cannonblast14 - Dec 5, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Still hard to watch that Cooke hit on Savard. Especially the Savard tweets about headaches. Man o man. And an all-star at that.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 5, 2011 at 8:24 PM

      Cooke left the game today after taking a slapper off his hand. Felt real bad for him.

  10. podevil - Dec 6, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    If you look at the two hits, without any bias, you can see that Pacioretty’s hit was actually much more deliberate than the Cooke hit on Savard.. Pacioretty actually deliberately raised his elbow to do damage Letang.. If you look at Cookes hit he never raises his elbow at all…. Pacioretty needs to shut his mouth…The suspension should have been a lot longer than three games. If there is any bias, It was in favor of Pacioretty.. Now Letang is out indefinitely with a concussion..

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