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Pacioretty to meet with league over boarding incident vs. Rangers

Feb 24, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT


Max Pacioretty‘s hit from behind on New York’s Ryan McDonagh not only caught the eye of the officials last night, but now he’s got the league’s attention as well.

The Canadiens forward will meet with the NHL this afternoon to discuss his boarding penalty that resulted in McDonagh being injured on the play. While Pacioretty only drew a minor penalty for boarding, the seeming recklessness of the play got Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety’s attention.

For what it’s worth, Rangers coach John Tortorella was none too pleased with the play and made his feelings known to the media afterwards asking, “How high did Pacioretty jump?” Torts wasn’t able to get an answer for his query. (YouTube)

(Thanks to Kukla’s Korner for the video)

  1. rpiotr01 - Feb 24, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Like the Taylor Hall hit, it’s just reckless. This whole thing where you throw your forearm into a guy’s head while finishing a check needs to stop. It’s dangerous, reckless and guys who do it should be suspended. Throw your shoulder, paste him, knock him down – that’s hockey. But going for the cowardly extra blindside shot to the head is just nonsense, and it’s ultimately up to the players to decide they’re not going to do it anymore.

    • nosefacekillah - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      Not sure where you see a forearm to the head. It looks to me the arm stays down. He does leave his feet at the last second but it look to be after contact was initiated.

      I wonder how many more injuries occur now because guys like McDonagh turn into the boards either to avoid a hit or draw a penalty? At one time it was McDonaghs responsibility to get ready for the hit and go shoulder to shoulder. With the rule changes it rewards guys to put themselves in dangerous positions.

      This does not excuse the boarding. I think he gets a game.

  2. nosefacekillah - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    One of those plays that both are a fault. McDonagh turns into the hit and keeps his back to the play. Before he gets to the puck he looks over his left shoulder right at Max. He needs to be aware patches is coming. And patches needs to understand if McDonagh does not turn to face hm it is on him to avoid the boarding.

    I hate these plays when the guy with the puck turns toward the boards seemingly to avoid a hit.

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      He was retrieving the puck and he got hit as he got to the puck and played it. What do you want him to do turn around and face the forechecker and use the eyes on the back of his head to find the puck?

    • stakex - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      No, its not both players fault. McDonagh might turn a bit more into the hit at the very end, but his numbers are to Pacioretty the entire play. Its on Pacioretty to not line a guy up when all you see are his numbers. The turn might have made the hit slightly worse, but the hit should never have been thrown in the first place…

      It was clearly an attempt at payback, and with Pacioretty having a previous three game suspension (for a hit to the head), I would be pretty shocked to not see a multiple game ban for this hit. Its reckless, its dangerous, it was clearly on purpose, and it resulted in an injury.

  3. valoisvipers - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Lock him up in a Montreal jail and throw away the key.

  4. mclovinhockey - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Pac does not leave his feet or hit up high. Unlike McD’s hit on pac earlier that period, the guy getting hit was to blame. McD put himself in danger by turning at the last sec.

    Players need to know not to touch a player when you see the numbers, also they need to know not to turn your back to a player when he is 2 feet away about to hit you.

    If I was Pac I would just go and say I was trying to make the game less boring for Hank.

    • tbcrow - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM

      You realize we can all see the picture right? His lowest point (his foot) is at McDonagh’s knees, if that’s not leaving the ice, hell idk what would be.

  5. sabatimus - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Pacioretty did leave his feet, but I’m not sure the boarding was his intention; looked like he may have been only trying to cut off any clearing attempt by McDonagh. McDonagh skated to his left, and the combination of both actions resulted in the board. I do think McDonagh’s back was to Pacioretty the whole time, but also that he wasn’t directly in front of Pacioretty until he skated left at the end.

    However, as a Bruins fan, I find it a bit difficult to be objective, given that Mr. Max and his team played up the Chara injury and that Max was seen watching a movie days later..

  6. jkay1818 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    @mclovin, maybe you mean hank from the bench, biron was playing last night.
    @noseface, your whole argument is thrown out because you keep referring to him as patches and it sounds like you are defending your friend and someone you actually know, as if he can do no wrong….the guy left his feet, it resulted in a player being injured, case closed.

  7. broadstbully33 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    He is clearly off his feet. But I agree players being seem to be puttin themselves in really vulnerable spots. I’ve seen a lot of players turning into the boards right before being hit instead of trying to protect themselves.

  8. mgp1219 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    All I want to know is: were the police called? I’m sure the Montreal fans & media were fuming about this enough to start a criminal investigation. Wait, I’m sorry, they only do that when one of eir players gets injured.

  9. pwilson264 - Feb 24, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    H-ave A-ss B-ull S-hit cheap hit.

  10. jkaplan11 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Dear John Torterella,
    You are not a good coach.
    Stop blaming others for the result of your team’s no show against the Habs. Twice this week.
    Instead of asking how high Pacioretty jumped, you should be asking how do i jump start this team?
    You were given a team “that looked like the top team in the league on paper” and your sitting out of the playoffs?
    Just shut up Torterella.

    Hockey fans outside the state of New York

    • richter35lundqvist30 - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Doubt Torts reads this and if he did it’s not likely he would care about what some anonymous keyboard jockey thinks. People in here Massachusetts don’t seem to mind him and I guess he’s being considered to Coach the U.S. Olympic team because he’s “not a good coach”.

      Hockey fan outside the state of New York

    • jkay1818 - Feb 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      my dearest Jkaplan,
      who are you?
      Warm regards,

  11. thehighcountrybear - Feb 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Comes around goes around? Time to strike a parliamentary committee to examine violence in hockey, investigate the hit as wounding with intent by Montreal’s not so finest, then explore anti-francophone biases as Bill 101 was clearly violated when players were permitted to bad-mouth each other in English [ dat referee was a cheathaire ]. Better still, whack his pee pee; five games minimum!

  12. rushledger - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    For a guy who almost had his career ending on a dirty hit this guy certainly still likes to dish it out.

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