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Pens unearth video of Chara punching Crosby in jaw

Jun 14, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

For a brief but memorable span of the second period of Game 1 in the Eastern Conference finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins seemed to lose their minds against the Boston Bruins. Sidney Crosby was among the angriest participants, venting his anger at Zdeno Chara and Tuukka Rask.

TSN’s Insider Trading segment revealed a possible explanation on Friday: the Penguins provided video evidence (around the 3:40 mark) of Chara punching Crosby in the jaw.

Yup, the same jaw that was broken by a puck earlier this season.

Here’s a screencap that captures the moment:


Darren Dreger questioned Chara about the incident, but he seemed to deny the situation (or at least emphasized that he didn’t receive a penalty). These kinds of things happen during the heat of the moment during a hockey game, but it’s clear that the franchise – if not the player – is still a little upset about the incident.

Here’s a clip of some of the heated exchanges during Game 1:

Either way, the teams moved on after Game 1. However those moments added to a general distaste between the two teams, it’s worth noting that the two captains shook hands after the sweep was complete, which Getty Images captured:

source: Getty Images

Maybe it’s just water under the bridge and fodder for Ludacris Youtube videos, then?

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    This is definitely going to change the fact that they lost four games in a row. Go cry with the Sedin twins Crosby.

    • r4n6er - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Leave the nucks outta your rant. Boston has some dirty birds on their team (so do the Pens!!)

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        As a pens fan, I agree. I’m all for getting rid of cooke and coming down hard on the goon style play around the league.

        Love open ice hits but the cheap shot tactics have to go.

      • sheckyrimshot - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM


      • imleftcoast - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM

        Only the Bruins have a coach whose in on the charade “”We know he’s an agitator,” said Julien, the Bruins coach. “We know he’s good at embellishing, too, at times. We know all that stuff. We’ve done our research.”

      • toughenupyougirl - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        wah wah wah

    • imleftcoast - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      Typical Bruin trying to deflect blame. The Bruins are whiners, cheaters and divers. Chara looked like Greg Louganis when he ‘drew the penalty’ leading to the Bruins third goal.

      • gallyhatch - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        Hey leftcoast, the Canucks lost two years ago…….. Get over it.

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. Whiner and divers! Big bad Bruins cheated to beat my team! Get a grip.

      • toughenupyougirl - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        you sound like a stupid crybaby jets fan

  2. bensawesomeness - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    This explains why they only scored 2 goals all series.

  3. kicksave1980 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Even if Chara punched him in the jaw to target an injury, I’m not sure what the big deal is. If you’re not ready for full contact, you shouldn’t have taken the full shield off, or you shouldn’t be out there. It’s not up to the opposition to protect you from yourself. This is hockey…people catch punches sometimes, especially in the playoffs, and especially when the other side knows you have had a recent injury. And before the Pens mob goes nuts, I’m NOT a Crosby “hater” and I’d be saying the same thing if the roles were reversed.

    And honestly, Crosby himself is probably embarrassed that his team is making an issue of this. He’s been in the league long enough to know how it goes.

    • soj83 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Great point, it doesn’t matter if it was Crosby or anyone else in the league. Are the Penguins going to be releasing videos of every time someone gets punched in the jaw during a skirmish?

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        It’s not about being a Crosby “hater”. I can’t sit here and justify the Cooke hit on Savard or any other elbow he threw. It’s all BS, goon style/garage league play.

        If you accept one and not the other it’s hypocritical. Blurring the lines of where and how it occurs is as ridiculous and Shanny making the suspension worse if the player gets hurt.

        Don’t fuel the garage league mentality. Especially since it was goon style stuff that helped deteoriate Orr’s knee so quickly, back in the 70’s. It would have been awesome to see him play into his mid 30’s. But the NHL allowed him to consistently be targeted because of proponents of that garage league mentality.

        Stop drinking the koolaid. Players can play physical without being dirty.

      • Kristenaux - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        I agree with ucaneverscorenoughgoals. I’m a Pens fan & while I don’t fall down at Crosby’s feet, I do see a need to stop this crap! Targeting newly healed injuries is just so smarmy & should be something that Chara, as a player who shows he has integrity most times, knows better than to do, needs to stop happening. Yes, there are dirty players on every team but is pointing that out supposed to make it all okay? There’s lots of murders in this country too…by pointing that out does NOT make it okay. Matt Cooke is an embarrassment to the Pens & I get sick of hearing Pens fans ‘excuse’ him too. There are no excuses for this! These kinds of plays ruin the sport. Solid body checks & the occasional fisticuffs to spark a team are fun. ‘Intent to injure’ stuff like this is NOT!

      • lalabugsy - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        Precisely! Especially seeing Cindy initiated the entire thing – bumping Rask and then turning on Chara. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t jump into the fire. And certainly don’t cry about it afterwards.

        Maybe the Pens should be addressing the unsportmanlike, childish, embarrassing behavior of their Captain who was pissed that he was getting spanked – hard!!

    • laxman1944 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM



  4. nunan - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Was that in the skirmish after Sid shoved Rask? Or was this before/after that…In other words, how do we know that’s what caused Sid to be upset during the above video? If it is, then that’s a tough thing for Chara to do but at the same time, don’t go around shoving goalies and getting in their faces. The reaction you get from the opposing team will always be a negative one.

    • stakex - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Its not during the same skirmish. Bergeron is already fighting Malkin while Crosby is over by Rask… and in the video of the punch, Bergeron is holding Crosby at the time. Two different incidents.

      • nunan - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        good eye…so I wonder when it happened..maybe Chara did this after all the talking and shoving of goalies that Sid was which case, getting punched in the jaw is to be expected.

      • gm4602009 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        does it really matter if it was the same incident? Why is Chara punching someone being held by Bergeron? Why is Crosby getting punched period? Because the big bad bruins wanted to get into his head and take them off their game. Problem is that is a PENALTY FOR ROUGHING and they should have paid for it with 2 minutes…They did not and thats when it gets into the head of the Pens that they are not going to take this if there is not going to be a penalty called…they retaliate and there you have the best players on the ice Crosby, Malkin, Bergeron, & Chara fighting. Mcquaid get hit and everyones jaw drops and they want cooke suspended…he gets a penalty. This went on a lot in this series along with the Jagr hook that cost the pens game 3…again no call.. That is Bruin hockey? BS the calls need to be made and ref need to REFEREE games not watch and let them play. Bruins might have won series even if called differently but call the game the same every game and not just because were are in the playoffs.

  5. soj83 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Two things strike me as weird in this. First, if they were so worried about him getting hit in the jaw, why would they let him take off the jaw protector. Second, if you grab Chara from behind during a scrum in front of the net (the punch came from a scrum in front of the net, not the one at center ice), you should expect to get hit…just like if someone was to grab Engelland from behind during a scrum.

    • govtminion - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      Exactly. If he’s so fragile that you’re worried about his jaw, keep the shield on. It’s a hockey game- he’s not going to be allowed to wear a no-contact jersey out there.

    • thesableo - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      I have a serious problem with guys who give it but can’t take it.

      You technically can’t pop someone in the face but it happens All. The. Time. Why the f— is this news again?

  6. madtolive5 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Of course James O’brien posted this.

    You have a players in a scrum clutching and grabbing.
    If Crosby can’t be hit in the face because of a broken jaw then don’t get in the scrum (not to mention you took 5 seconds clip out of an entire moment.)

    Is this really news worthy at all??

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Well, yeah, the Pen were starting to slip out of the news.NBC has to do something, after all!

  7. chanceoffleury1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Just let it die, people. Stop reminding me and trying to justify that shellacking the Bruins gave them. The Bruins played great and the Pens offense got cold at the wrong time. Nothing more, nothing less. No use crying over spilt milk.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Still doesn’t change the fact that we lost but oh well it was bound to happen eventually.

  9. stakex - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Yeah not sure what this has to do with anything. A few points:

    1. The video of him being punched is awesome.

    2. You know how many guys get glove punched in a game… especially a playoff game? A lot.

    3. What do the Pens think they are accomplishing making a big deal out of this weeks after it happened, and a week after the series ended? All it does is make it seem like they are whining, and it makes Crosby look like an even bigger wuss.

  10. tyler4richardson - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    So what’s the issue here? That Sid should have left his jaw protector on if he wasn’t ready to eat a punch?

    • spitfisher - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      It was Cindy’s decision to remove the jaw protector. Sucks to be you Cindy, next time keep it on. This is playoffs!

  11. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    It looks to me like Chara was fighting off an attempt by Cindy to go down on him.

  12. titansbro - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Lol @ broadstreetbeatdown…. Nice!

  13. arbruins - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    O’Brien is I nit wit.

  14. mpops86 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    OK. And? If this were any other player (Chara or Crosby) no one would bat an eye.

    Also, do we need to review the Cooke hit? Malkin hitting a prone Bergeron? Grow up.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      “Malkin hitting a prone Bergeron?”

      And Bergeron has a history of concussions! Malkin targetted his head for the love of Pete! You know how an organization reprimands that type of thuggery? They give the guy an 8yr/$76M contract.

  15. titansbro - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    As a Bs fan, I can’t thank the Pens organization enough for their efforts in “unearthing” this video. It’s simply delightful.

  16. madmax80 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    This just in:

    Hockey is a contact sport and it gets rough during the playoffs!!

    Stay tuned:

    Fighting the Frizzies . . . . at eleven.

  17. pedroskypft - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    It happen during a scrum behind the net toward the end of the 1st period. Chara pushed into the net and gave him a few shots.

  18. grillmarks - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Dude. You lost. Crosby getting punched in the jaw between one whistle is not the reason you could not score. Season’s over, worry about next year.

  19. gallyhatch - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I’m starting to think it was James O’Brien who sat in his basement making that Daily Show mash up video of the Bruins’ dirty hits etc. He definitely is exemplifying that level of obsession with his articles about them.

    • madtolive5 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      I am starting to think he post under habsman???

  20. mrpinkca - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Classless move by Chara. At the same time, Crosby knew that somebody would do this when he took his chin guard off, and accepted that as a cost of not sucking at faceoffs.

    Punching one guy in the face does not make cause a sweep.

    • pedroskybb - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      Class has nothing to do with it. If players thought about “playing w/ class” they wouldn’t be at this level of competition.

      • thesableo - Jun 15, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        Class is subjective.

  21. isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Really? Really? Did the flyers post video of Cindy slashing giroux’s wrists? How about James Neal taking head shots at couturier & giroux? This is why people don’t respect Crosby, I don’t blame him for the pens releasing this but seriously? Stop whining, you lost, it’s over, stop.

    • thesableo - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      This IS why people don’t respect Crosby, and it’s not even his fault. Yeah, people hate him for the whining and such, but more than that they hate him for the way his fans and the media coddle him.

      They want people to love him so much that they make us hate him.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        Couldn’t agree with you more, nobody disputes that he’s a good player and the Crosby lovers think we hate him because he’s good, I wish that were the case, I respect his game, I do not, however, respect him

  22. govtminion - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I’d like to make a crack at the Penguins losing, or Crosby whining, but… you know what? This is just sad. They really went digging for this, over a week after they were eliminated? Two weeks after the game in question?

    Ridiculous. Totally ridiculous.

    • 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      This is where Pens hate actually comes from. Not jealousy or insecurity or whatever (some of) their fanbase comes up with to make themselves feel better, but the fact that the team, the organization and the media simply cannot accept adversity with grace. There’s always a cheapshot or dirty play, or “the refs were against them” or any number of other stupid, cowardly, classless excuses. The team simply cannot get over how great it thinks it is, and neither can (almost) anyone following them. Too many people feel the need to hide behind ridiculous sh*t like this video clip instead of just accepting the team plays badly sometimes. It’s insulting to honest hockey fans – both those of the Penguins and the rest of the NHL alike.

      I honestly feel sorry for the good Pens fans out there. They probably have to hear crap like this twice as often as we do – and given how fanatical ProPenguinsTalk is about fellating their favourite team, that’s a pretty horrifying prospect.

  23. drewzducks - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Looks like Z is just punching his ticket to the SCF.

  24. lindbergh9 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    7 ft tall & you have to wait till a team member handcuffs Crosby to get a cheap shot? I hope Chicago kicks your a$$ bunch of cheap shot artists!!!

    • 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Right. Because Duncan Keith doesn’t gleefully launch himself into every unprotected head he sees. No, wait, sometimes he clotheslines people with his stick as they skate by instead. My mistake.

      Oh, right, and the ‘Hawks also employ Daniel Carcillo.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Wait a second, is this guy actually whining that bruins players aren’t fighting their own fights? Oh that’s precious, now you see why everyone hates Crosby, sucks when the shoes on the other foot doesn’t it

    • grilledjesus - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      How was Crosby “handcuffed” when he is grabbing the back of Charas shoulder pads with his left hand? He was also so hurt by the punch that there is absolutelu no reaction by him.

      This Pens group, from top to bottom, wonders why people think they are completely classless? Here’s another example Mario.

  25. gm4602009 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Yeah all teams have goons but usually they are not their captains Chara has no skill he is just a goon

    • 19to77 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Yup. A no-skill goon with a Norris Trophy, three nominations five 40+ point seasons and three at 50+.

      No skill at all. Just a talentless goon.

      Think before you talk, boy.

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        No skill??? Hahahaha I’m not even a bruins fan but let me educate you, boy…actually, I’ll just throw a stat at you…how many points did Crosby and malkin have vs Boston and which defenseman was matched up against them? Oh, that’s right, any half wit can shut down 2 of the top 5 forwards in the league 4 straight games (and don’t forget how many games were played…


  26. ml3939 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    I think the Panthers just unearthed the video of Crosby jumping Brett McLean.

  27. LampyB - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I’m not going to sit through a 30 sec commercial to watch the video. nhl is the WORST when it comes to this. I’ll go elsewhere.

  28. 8man - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    With all due respect, this seems like last year. Bs down 1-0 to Hawks after losing in triple OT. I can watch it. But I can’t waste my time commenting.

    I have at least a dozen Hawks targeted voodoo dolls to line up by tomorrow. And then there is the candle shopping….

    “Hi. I’d like to buy 30 black and gold votives, please.”

  29. myspaceyourface - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Crosby was bleeding from the mouth in the first period of game 1. I wondered why the announcers didn’t say anything at the time. This explains it.

    • thesableo - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      The fact that Pierre McGuire didn’t know this happened during the game is proof that someone out there loves me and wants me to be happy.

  30. titansbro - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Gm469421 has no common sense if he says chara has no skill. Norris trophy all up in yo grill mix ya punk bizznitch

  31. robt927 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Chara is a goon. The Blackhawks will make sure the ugliest man in the NHL doesn’t get to touch the Cup with his goon claws.

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      Good he deserved it! Push his goalie again…and keep the mask on next time 😉

      • bigbadbruins77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:11 AM

        Pretty confident after a super lucky game 1 3 OT win eh? Bruins in 6 or 7, and I like just about all the hawks players, the bruins are just the better team.

    • 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      Whoops. Too late.

      • cheesesteak75 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        Super lucky game? The bruins lost, get over it!

  32. bigbadbruins77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Good he deserved it! Push his goalie again…and keep the mask on next time 😉

  33. nyrnashty - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    The only problem I have is that Chara didn’t hit him harder. Just a love tap get over it. People in the Pitt organization should be more concerned that a third of their cap space is invested in Neal Malkin Crosby

  34. boomer1451 - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Meanwhile…..the Blackhawks are up 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final!

    • grilledjesus - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      boomer1451 is sad today. 😦

  35. ironman721 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Who cares? It had no effect on the outcome of the game or series.

  36. homerx - Jun 15, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Cindy and the Pens crying again because they got outmuscled. This stuff happens in every hockey game on numerous occasions. Maybe if Cindy wasn’t a cheap shot artist himself he would not be a target. He deserves everything he gets. I think the Pens are just trying to deflect the fact that they were only able to put up two goals with that high powered offense. They’re trying to take the disappointing loss of the minds of their fans by complaining about the rough play.

    Even the Rangers who couldn’t score an empty net PPG scored more then the Pens, LOL.

  37. Jeff Thomas - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    Not that you can hide a broken jaw, but this is a great example of why teams only use the terms “upper and lower body injury” when talking about this stuff.

  38. matt14gg - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:35 AM

    Just so I’m clear on this, one hockey player punched another hockey player during a scrum along the boards? That’s it? WHO GIVES A SH–!?!?!? And by the way, the only people who are out of line in this situation are the Pittsburgh Penguins for releasing this video and I would have to assume even Sidney Crosby is embarrassed that they did. Guys get punched ALL THE TIME!!! on the boards and no one whines about it. Sidney Crosby is one of the sneaky-dirtiest players in the league and anyone who follows the game knows it. And guess what…that’s fine. That’s part of the game. You play hard and see what you can get away with and either the refs call it or they don’t. Releasing a video to see if you can garner sympathy from the league (a league, mind you, that many hockey fans already strongly believe protects Mario’s team to begin with) is an absolute joke.

  39. nhstateline - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    The Blackhawks are going to bang on Nathan Horton’s shoulder every shot they get moving forward in this series. They know (more or less) what the injury is and where it is, Horton’s a great player and getting him out of the games would make a big difference. They’d be fools to try to do anything else. I’m a huge Bruin fan, fully expect this, have no problem with it and won’t whine if they get it to work. The B’s are putting Horton out there and have to live with the consequences good or bad as I am sure they will. Crosby and his agent should be willing to do the same with the choices they made. Play with a shield, a jaw that’s probably so-so and half your front teeth gone and that does scream “hit me” to the other team. Good on Sid for playing through it but bad on him and his agent for whining after the fact. I bet Bobby Orr and Nathan Horton don’t do it even though the latter now has a huge bullseye on his back.

    • killerpgh - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Where/when did Crosby or is Agent whine about this “play” it after the fact? I never saw or read anything like that.

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Some reports are saying he made his agent release a statement.

      • grilledjesus - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        “As Damien Cox of the Toronto Star passed along on Friday, “Sidney Crosby’s agent is convinced Zdeno Chara of the Bruins intentionally punched Crosby where he had broken his jaw in Game 1. Nasty.””

  40. s2mikey - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    What do you expect from a Neanderthal like Chara? Guys a dirty player and always has been. Love to see his knees both taken out. It wouldn’t even be that hard since his legs are about eight feet long. Big target. That’s OK, Chicago is going to brush Boston aside, just like Toronto should have but crazy luck and a dumb Toronto team ruined it. As for the Crosby haters? His life is better than yours could ever be. Sorry.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Let it go madam, just let it go.

      P.S. Don’t forget to insert that “thing with the string” to help curb your emotions.

    • grilledjesus - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      s2mikey – Jun 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      Pretty sure Chara’s life is better than yours as well, just saying.

  41. gallyhatch - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    If The Bruins were targeting Crosby’s jaw, I kind of feel like there would be a lot more evidence than one instance in almost 200 minutes of hockey in that series.

    Even if they weren’t targeting him, I’m surprised there weren’t more instances of gloves to his face…….. This is hockey, that stuff happens all the time in these scrums.

    I can’t wait until Crosby gets hit in the face by another slapshot next year & Mario tries to get the pucks taken out of the game.
    It would seem to be the next logical step for that organization.

  42. heyzeus143 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Win now Bahstan, might be your last chance for awhile

  43. nhstateline - Jun 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    The original story cited Crosby’s agent. Even if they changed it to the Pens organization, that’s probably just them backing up their guy instead of having the agent do it. I thought Crosby showed a lot playing at all this year after taking a shot like that. I also think there’s no real need to whine about what happened in a series that’s over.

  44. drone501 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    i think the puck to the face hurt a helluva lot more than a punch. maybe next season sid will take a 3 iron type swing to charas ankle.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Yeah, because THAT is classy and how Pittsburgh plays right? Moron.

    • jl9830 - Jun 17, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      He probably will because he’s one of the dirtiest players in the league.

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