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No fine or suspension for Max Pacioretty

Feb 24, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

It looks like a two-minute minor penalty is all that Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty will receive for his hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. He won’t receive a fine or suspension for that play, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

There’s plenty of debate about the check, but one thing’s for sure: John Tortorella won’t be happy.

It’s noteworthy that McDonagh, 23, landed this blow on Pacioretty, 24 first:

Pacioretty responded with this hit, which left the Rangers’ valuable defenseman injured:

From giving and receiving controversial hits, getting bitten, having his appendix removed and receiving medical criticism from Mark Recchi, it seems like there’s rarely a dull moment with Pacioretty.

  1. clawedjeroo28 - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Typical Montreal

  2. bcisleman - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Guess he didn’t jump high enough, Torts!

    • tessyluv20 - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      So how high did he really jump????check it out here
      The NHL is a joke!!!!!!

      • valoisvipers - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:43 PM

        tessyluv20 Wow great photo and proof of how high Max jumped. Why only a 2 minute penalty when blood was drawn and how come a guy with Max’s history was not suspended?

      • supercoop8 - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        @valois blood being drawn only tacks on an automatic additional two minutes on a high sticking penalty.

  3. sportsfreak13 - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Tort’s next press conference should be a doozy.

  4. canadatude - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    N Y ——- Want some cheese with that whine?

    • cba77 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      …really, a little whine…I saw the whine when the Canadian Mounties were looking to press charges against Chara….to me it was a clean hit until he left his feet, then the penalty was justified. But give me a break about whining…that’s all you Frogs do….

      • mornelithe - Feb 25, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Hey, that’s not fair, they also turtle better than anyone, and they’re quite competent at burning down their own city.

  5. stakex - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Well as I said I would be, I’m quite suprised by that. Think it was dirty or not, it was at the very least reckless… and this is the kind of play the NHL supposedly wants to get rid of. Saying “Its perfectly ok to hit someone in the numbers, and drive your forearm into their neck/head” would seem to be the wrong message to send…. especially with a previous offender.

    Also, has anyone noticed that last year the slightest thing seemed to draw multiple game suspensions… and this year some really borderline hits aren’t even getting fined? If thats how its going to be then fine, but someones going to be quite pissed if a little nothing hit ends with a suspension later in the year.

  6. 8man - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    I’ve watched it several times. It was a little sloppy, but I didn’t see any intent to injure. I am not a Habs fan by any account, but all team hate aside, I’m okay with the assessment.

    That being said, all players need to be better at delivering hits,

  7. canadatude - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    McDonagh took the puck and cut left while ducking into the boards right in front of Pacioretty. He could have turned right and gone behind the net. Just a poor choice.

  8. mclovinhockey - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    The only way I could have seen any part of this being suspension worthy was because it could have been a retaliation for the hit from behind McDoughna did to Pac 2 shifts prior.

    The hit was not late, he did not leave his feet prior to impact, he did not raise his arm to hit his head and McD turned prior to impact.

    Glad McD is okay but he should be happy Pac did not get hurt very bad when McD boarded him.

  9. sabatimus - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    The hit that McDonagh delivered on Pacioretty is irrelevant to whether he was suspended or fined. At least, it ought to be.

  10. thehighcountrybear - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Easy guys…the NHL had to take into consideration Max’s diminished state after having left part of his frontal lobe on the glass in Montreal [ the bells, the bells ]. Short of bludgeoning an opponent to death, he gets a free pass until Shanny, Bill and Gary say so…

  11. lbmclean - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Look at the scoreboard Torty. It was boarding but he didn’t jump.

    More coachy less whiny

  12. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Eh, they both hit each other in a bad way. Retaliation or no, Torts lost the ability to cry about it. I’m about over Torts’ crying. Play on, boys…

  13. pastabelly - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    NHL felt badly for him because of the Chara hit.

  14. arbruins - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Where is Habsman?

    • habsman - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      I’m truely touched that you miss my inciteful and imformative posts.

      Patches is luck he didn’t get a game. Borderline hit.

  15. pwilson264 - Feb 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    like peter laviolette said in the show 24/7 typical montreal, bet if it was one of your team members you’d be crying A

  16. bigedpvd - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    “and receiving medical criticism from Mark Recchi” …. too bad he was right, there was no major concussion.

  17. cweez2 - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Love the whining from NY fans – their team led the league in Majors, 4th in boarding and first fights/game last year. Yet their coach whines when someone hits their guy. He got called for it (rightfully) and that’s that.

  18. canadatude - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Just pick up the teeth and suck it up, buttercup. Old time hockey —- not ballroom dancing!

  19. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Yeah I feel the same about Green.

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