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Video: Chara knocks Sharks’ Wingels out of game with high hit

Oct 25, 2013, 1:02 AM EDT

The drama in Boston’s 2-1 win over San Jose on Thursday wasn’t just David Krejci’s last second game-winning goal.

Late in the first period, B’s captain Zdeno Chara nailed Sharks forward Tommy Wingels with what appeared to be a high hit:

Chara wasn’t penalized on the play. Wingels left the contest and didn’t return.

Following the game, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan offered a measured response to the hit, noting that he didn’t have a good angle to see it, which made it difficult to judge.

“You know what, every time somebody is hit now we quickly run to the video and we analyze – was it legal, was it illegal? It’s a hard game, and it’s played by hard players that have to get involved physically night in and night out,” McLellan told CSN Bay Area. “They have to take some lumps, too. We have to give some lumps, we have to take some lumps.

“If it’s dirty, I think it should be severely dealt with. If it’s hard hockey, then so be it.”

Wingels, 25, is in his fourth season with the Sharks and enjoying a stellar campaign. He had two goals and six points in nine games heading into tonight’s action.

(Image courtesy CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil)

  1. bencia823 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    As somebody who doesn’t particularly like Chara, I have to give him credit for being nowhere near as dirty as he could be given his size. That being said, this hit was late and dirty. He should get a 1-2 game suspension for it.

    • upper90cheese - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      Chara will not be punished. Gregory Campbell is worth his weight in gold!!!

      • bgrillz - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        The whole Campbell thing is kinda played because well, he doesn’t run the disciplinary issues any more. But cool post bro!

      • maria716 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Actually he’s worth his weight in titanium. Like the pins in his leg that he played on even after it was broken.

      • upper90cheese - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

        No, Colin Campbell is just the Director of Hockey Operations for The National Hockey League. No influence there…..

        He has shown a history of bias (emailgate) and continues to enjoy untouchable status in the league office.

        Chara will not be punished.

      • troutguide - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        Boston will always be the KING of cheap shots…….The best part of that is to hear their fans complain when it happens to their team……… Another example of East Coast class. Cant wait to hear the crying when the Red Sox get beat in the WS!!!!

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Eh. More than dirty that was just lazy. Thats a guy who knows because of his size he has a high chance of catching a head, whereas it would be a normal check for someone else. Instead of bending over, or moving his feet, he just stood straight up and pushed straight forward with his arms. I don’t believe there was a ton of malice.. just a lazy hit that I see a lot with Chara when he’s gassed.

    • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      That’s silly, a lazy player would not have pursued Wingels to the corner to finish a hit. It’s actually the opposite of lazy (something Chara’s NEVER been accused of). As far as “moving his feet”, I’m guessing you really don’t understand what that term means. Again, he pursues Wingels to the corner to deliver the hit. That’s exactly what “moving your feet” means. When he gets to the corner he needs to set up a base to make the hit. He can’t do that if he’s still “moving his feet”, not to mention the fact that if he’s still “moving his feet” he’s going to be called for charging.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Actually, you need to read the rule on charging, it doesn’t say anything about “moving the feet”.

      • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:43 AM

        “a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner”

        To “skate into, jump into or charge an opponent” you would need to take strides, and that would require moving your feet. Are we really going to play this semantic game?

        And trust me, if you continue to take strides and make the hit you are going to be called for “Charging” (or “Boarding” depending on where on the ice you make the hit).

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:39 AM

        My point is, you don’t need to be moving your feet and the rule doesn’t specify that, it speaks to distance travelled.

        “Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner.”

    • tdsnbeers - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      Okay, John scott is the same size as chara, he has the same problems. I don’t hear any of you people siding with him because he laid a normal check on someone but they happen to match up in size different. It’s b.s. when the league picks and choses who they are going to punish and who they are going to pick on. Then national media and announcer’s who take any chance they can to show their bias.

      • shaundre93 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        The difference is their approach to the game. Charas primary goal is to be an elite shutdown D man. Scotts primary goal is to hurt people. When an honest person makes a mistake vs a person who has a reputation for making bad decisions, who will you side with?

        I said this before and I’ll say it again. If ANY other player, other than maybe kaleta or ott, delivers that hit on Eriksson Im not as upset. It’s the fact that it was the biggest goon (figuratively and literally) in the NHL who did it. It wasn’t a good honest player who made a bad play, like this instance with Chara. It was a player who’s sole purpose is to intimidate and injure, and we don’t need that in the game anymore.

        There are plenty of Lucic’s, Clarksons, Hortons, and even guys like Chris Neil who can fight and defend their teammates while actually providing skill and points. There is no place for players like John Scott anymore

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

        Their approach to the game is meaningless and only your opinion. Every defenseman’s goal is or should be to be elite, well, except Hal Gill; he just wants to survive.

        Chara has a reputation as a dirty cheap player outside of Boston. Many players purpose is to intimidate, that’s part of the game. No one has the purpose to injure; that’s just a stupid comment.

      • troutguide - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        That’s not true. Lots of player try to hurt others. Take Maxim’s hit on. Boyle. He was yelling from the bench prior to the hit. Chara is no different. What about the cross check to the chops later in the game. There needs to be consistency with the calls to change the game. Otherwise the PC police will be getting rid of all,the contact sports. I’m mean congress is getting involved in looking at football. Believe me, they will come looking at Hockey as well. I think if a players throws a cheap shot multiple time , the punishment should be to double the amount of time the injured player is out without pay. That would get teams and players to take a whole different approach.

  3. pxland - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    I love McLellan’s reaction in the quotes above. .

  4. hockeyflow33 - Oct 25, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Wingel dropped to a knee to avoid the hit and consequently took the shot because he put himself in that position.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      Right, kind of like how Erickson put himself in that position the other night.

      Double standard.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

        Unless Eriksson turns into Mr Fantastic, his head is always going to be in that place.

    • storminator16 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Ok, Lets take another look at it: was the puck there. Nope. This “finishing his check” nonsense just needs to go away. This was a lazy play by Chara as he should have just played the puck.

  5. matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    I respect McLellan’s reaction to the hit. Too may times a coach cries for a suspension just as a reactionary response to protect his player. The fact is the only video shown of this hit so far is way too far away to actually see what really happened, or if it’s a good hit or a bad one. Anyone here commenting that Chara should be suspended is doing it on emotion and not on the facts. My first instinct is that’s it’s not a bad hit and that Wingels started to duck and therefore caught the brunt up around the head. I could definitely be wrong, but it is so hard to tell from this video. Gotta wait for more evidence, but my guess based on what’s available is no suspension and not even a review.

    • shortsxit34 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:24 PM

      The only rationale response I’ve read so far. You can see absolutely nothing from any of those angles, so any opinion on it is nothing more than preconceived notions.

  6. matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:55 AM

    The other problem is announcers like this jackass, who still have no idea what happened and call it “just what we’re talking about” and “mind boggling” BTW, I’m a Bruins fan and I know for a fact Jack Edwards would do the same thing and then it would take about five minutes for Andy Brickley to talk some sense into him.

    • hockey412 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      Nobody ever would have guessed that you’re a Boston fan, from your completely impartial and unbiased view of the hit. Boston fans seem to have a firm grasp of the importance of getting headshots out of the league when Matt Cooke is discussed, but Chara is un-suspendable and CLEARLY anyone suggesting a suspendable play is solely acting on emotion.

      We all know this is first time Chara has ever been accused of a bad hit (involving the head), right? sure.

      Either way, for me, he hit the guy in the head. If you’re too big to not hit the head, then hip check or don’t make the late check at all. We’ll see if the league really wants to eliminate head shots, or just head shots from people like Scott and Kaleta. If it was Raffi Torres in the above video, hitting Krejci, I’m thinking there’d be a difference in the overall opinions.

      • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:19 AM

        The only correct thing you said was “…for me, he hit the guy in the head…” Yes, because you don’t like Chara and the Bruins so you want to base a suspension on your personal bias and not on the facts. The video is way too far away to see what happened and I’m guessing you know it, but you want to call it a “headshot” anyway. Your claim that since Chara is so big he should hip-check a guy, or better yet not hit at all doesn’t even deserve a response. This is the NHL. If you refuse to hit cuz you don’t want to hurt someone you will not be in the league for very long. That’s ridiculous.

        As far as I know, to this date, the ONLY team, and announcing crew, who has ever condemned its own player for a bad hit was when Daniel Paille hit Ray Sawada. His teammates, and the home announcers, made clear right away that it was a bad hit, they didn’t support it and it deserved a suspension.

        As far as Raffi Torres goes, your example falls apart, because when he clearly hit Andrew Ference in the head two years ago, not only was he not suspended, but the league refused to even review it.

        Please refer to the :17 second mark of this video and you will see what I’m talking about. This is what a head shot looks like.

      • hockey412 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        I hear what you are saying, and appreciate your response. I respectfully disagree with your comment that it’s all because I am biased against Chara, I have no feelings towards Chara either way. I do, however, have significant feelings regarding the hypocrisy of fans when it comes to their “guys”. I think in the initial video you can see the head contact on the boards, yes. Perhaps my screen is larger than yours? I’m sure another view may be available at some point. That coupled with the fact that Chara knocked the guy out of the game with an injury related to the hit he took in the face should be enough to warrant a closer look.

        I would submit to you for consideration that it may be your OWN bias that leads you to believe Chara couldn’t possibly do anything dirty…not in this case, not to Pacioretty, not to anyone. As far as “If you refuse to hit cuz you don’t want to hurt someone you will not be in the league for very long”…I’d refer you to the actual rule book. The player doing the checking actually does need to take player safety into consideration. It’s the concept behind rules like charging, boarding, even the rule on head shots.

        I actually do NOT think it’s a dirty play. Just that it should be looked at. Please remember the reason for the change to the headshot rule. The play doesn’t have to be dirty. The head has to be the point of contact, and the contact avoidable. So…..”If you refuse to hit cuz you don’t want to hurt someone you will not be in the league for very long”? Not so much.

      • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Actually that was a great response and I respect what you’re saying. Let me make clear, it may have been a head shot, but what I’m suggesting is that there’s no way we can tell from the available video. If there is better video and the people in charge take more time to really examine the play they may find that it was a head shot, in which case Chara should be suspended. This is the problem with the announcers response. It’s very tough to tell what happened yet they are already condemning the hit. When they have this reactionary response it trivializes truly dirty plays, and they are only doing it to play to their audience.

        While I do think it deserves a closer look I would disagree with the idea that, because a player was knocked out of the game, it deserves some special consideration. That simply cannot be the criteria for having hits reviewed. The fact is clean hits can hurt guys and dirty hits sometimes have no effect. The play has to be reviewed on the hit itself, and nothing else. After the league has done that and a hit is deemed to be dirty, only then should the league take into consideration whether a player was injured.

        As far as the rule about the head being the “principle point of contact” that is correct, but the player is also responsible for not putting his head in a bad spot. If Wingels ducked at the last second, and put his head in a bad spot, that’s on him, but again IT’S JUST TOO HARD TO TELL FROM THE VIDEO.

        What I really hate is this idea that the Bruins somehow get special consideration from the league when it comes to head shots. I would suggest that no team in the league has suffered more from head shots delivered to their own players and I would also suggest that the Bruins are accountable when it comes to headshots, i.e the Paille play.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      Jack Edwards, jackass, got it.

  7. jkibler1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    Let’s see where all the blow hardship are today. Let’s see how many feel it’s ok for this hit to the head but are crying about the Scott hit. chara for the most part is not a goon, but when he wants to play dirty, he is one of THE biggest goons. He also happens to be a giant and he hits the head often. So let’s see all you crybaby bruins fans, who for decades had the cheap shot , dirty play teams, cry now. Let me guess, ” it’s not charas fault he is tall, he hits people and their heads just happen to be at elbow height” and of course that logic can’t possibly apply to anyone else tall right? Where are all you pansies who call on Scott to pick on people his own size? But that rule doesn’t apply to chara right??? And as far as that goes, chara has had plenty of chances to step up to Scott in the past season or two and he hasn’t. Btw, I am totally against the Scott hit but I am looking forward to the media and bruins fans excusing chara.

    • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:21 AM

      Why would Chara engage Scott in a fight? It makes absolutely no sense. Chara is a “hockey player” who plays tough. Scott is a goon. Why would Chara allow Scott to take him out of a game?

      • spitfisher - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:46 AM

        Matt44, having Chara engage in a fight with a goon like Scott, makes perfect sense for someone who has never played hockey and has no idea what they are talking about.:-)
        Just look at Jkilber’s post above, absolute nonsense.

      • jeffchadwick - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Headshot or not, it’s hard to believe Chara would be so reckless just hours after his own teammate was taken out by a nasty hit to the dome.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Chara won’t engage Scott or anyone else close to his size. In that respect, he’s not a goon, he’s a wimp.

        Doubt it? Check youtube for any fight with Chara and Laraque, Brashear, etc…, his first move is to grab, hang on and get to the ice quick so the linesman can protect him.

  8. Stiller43 - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Hard the bruins but when a 9 foot tall guy comes to hit you, and you try to drop underneath, dont complain when the hit ends up being higher than initiatially aimed for

    • jkibler1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Of course, there is the cowardly excuse. ” chara is just really tall, in fact he is so tall that he can’t even see the other players head!” This is a fine example of someone who doesn’t have a clue, and whines that “my team would never do something like that” call a spade a spade, it was a head shot, Scott’s hot was a head shot. Same area targeted. Plain ans simple. Be a man and own up to it. chara deserves a suspension.

      • spitfisher - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        Comparing the two hits, Scotts and Chara even remotely similar is rather idiotic don’t you think? Wow and you are calling someone else clueless. One player had to be helped from the ice after being viscously target with a forearm, elbow to the head in the neutral zone, from the blind side and now remains under care. The hit delivered by a player who plays 3-4 minutes a game to either fight or to hurt someone- that’s it, that is what Scott does.The other hit occurred along the boards, the player although shook up skated to the bench and proceeded to berated the ref or player for the hit. IF there is any review the conclusion will be the player put himself in the position for the contact- not purposely. Chara did not skate aggressively & his head was not targeted, was it hit more than likely.I believe he also returned to game. My guess is this same player will show some concerns and respect next time he is the area of the rink, with Chara on the ice. Unfortunately they only play 1-2 per year.

        But comparing the two hits…..asinine. If you feel otherwise please call the Montreal police.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

        Ummm, clearly, it is a head shot. And clearly, it’s not the first time Chara has done it.

        Exhibit A – Max Pacioretty, but that’s just part of the established double standard that the whining Bruins benefit from.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        spitfisher, the only thing asinine is you trying to explain away Chara’s continuing dirty, cheap hits.

        Maybe if Chara were limited to 3-4 minutes a game, then the Bruins would have been hoisting the Cup last spring since he was on the ice for the last 12 Chicago goals and in particular, was floundering around the crease when they won it. I was there and he is pathetic.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      And don’t complain when you get suspended for an avoidable shot to the head. Just accept it and don’t whine about it.

  9. 7mantel - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Dont see any difference between Chara’s hit and Scotts !

    • spitfisher - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      I hope you are kidding!

      • jkibler1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        Spit fisher, let me get this straight: your demented reply about Scott playing 3-4minutes a game vs. chara playing who knows how many THAT in your bizarre mind makes a difference in what body part was targeted? We’ll that CERTAINLY adds credence to your whole argument! Lol
        On top of that Einstein , tell what difference it makes how badly one was injured? We are specifically talking about a hit to the head, NOT the outcome. A head shot is a head shot regardless if the guy plays 1 minute or 60.
        With your pathetic logic you may as we’ll just that one girl got pregnant, and the other is only “kind of” pregnant .
        Either she is ,or isn’t! Head shot or no head shot. No other factors matter.

    • theskinsman - Oct 25, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      You don’t see any difference? Sorry to hear you’ve gone blind.

      • jkibler1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        I will make this simple for you, apparently that’s the only way you will understand. We’re both hits to the head? End of story. THAT is what we are discussing here, NOT intent. If I hit you over the head with a baseball bat, wether it was on purpose or not, it is still a bat to the head. Does that make it easier for you? Didn’t think so…

  10. tougie24 - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Was the hit late? I don’t think so. It came no more than a second after Wingels played the puck along the boards. Was it a high hit? Yes. Whether you want to blame the size difference or not, it was a high hit. Should there be a suspension? No. Come on now. However, there definitely should have been a penalty on the play.

    Let’s not act like this is the first time a team this season has gotten away with one, happens every game, more than once.

    • storminator16 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Zero tolerance. He hit him in the head. He should have played the puck. Finis.

    • elvispocomo - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      Absolutely that was late. Wingels plays the puck, pauses, then sees Chara’s still coming to hit him and makes a move to try and get past him. It’s definitely more than a full second after he’d played the puck.

      If this isn’t late then neither was Rome’s hit on Horton in the 2011 SCF.

      It was high as well though, with his arms up but against his body still, but I’ve seen much more dangerous high hits since Chara’s at least trying to hit him squarely through the body. It’s not going to feel good just by virtue of it being a guy the size of Chara hitting you. Chara is usually aware of this and hits more cleanly.

      That said I’d say this probably deserved a stiff penalty and I’m not sure it needed anything more.

      • tougie24 - Oct 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Excuse me, your bias is showing.

        If you’re comparing that hit to the Horton hit, you’re either blind or just plain ignorant.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 25, 2013 at 4:36 PM

        In terms of lateness, I am comparing it to the Rome hit. Remember, the NHL called that a legal hit that was late at the time, and although they’ve changed a number of rules around contact, the time allowed before it’s a late hit hasn’t changed.

        That’s not bias, that’s just the ability to count seconds. If you don’t agree, tell me how I’m wrong rather than trumpeting bias.

  11. spitfisher - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    ooops

    I had him confused with another player, he did not return to the game

  12. 7mantel - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    So if the player isn’t hurt the head shot didn’t happen !

  13. ironyisadeadscene - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    Let’s all be honest here. Either you are a Bruins fan (like myself) and you are rationalizing the hit or you hate/dislike the Bruins and “its the worst hit ever” or “just like John Scott’s hit only worse”. Hyperbole is fun

    For me, it looks a little high and size is no excuse. The Eriksson hit is still a little fresh in my mind. My guess is there’s a fine or one game vacation for Chara.

    It’s doubtful the league ignores it.

  14. 7mantel - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    @irony: Good honest post !

  15. madtolive5 - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    Mike Halford this is such a troll post.
    Where is the article on the benoit pouliot hit on Max Talbot???
    He might actually have to go into the league offices for that boarding hit.

    The hit BP made on Talbot are the hits that need to be pushed out of hockey.

  16. 7mantel - Oct 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    @mad : you can see the Ranger player trying to grab his jersey as Talbot was going down ! Bad hit but not with intent .

    • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I’m glad you brought this up. This is a great example of a hit that looks bad at first, but with the benefit of close-up video you can see this is an accident. Again, the announcers are reacting to the result and not the play.

      In slow-mo you can see that Pouliot and Talbot bump each other going to the boards and Talbot loses his balance. Pouliot even tries to kind of grab Talbot though there’s nothing he could really do about Max slamming the boards with his face.

      This is a great example of the fact that hockey is just a hard, tough game and sometimes guys get hurt.

      Yes, I am bruins fan and Pouliot is an ex Bruin, but he’s also an ex-Canadien and I’ve never really had any use for the guy, but this is not a dirty hit regardless of how the announcers tried to portray it. It would be a shame if he gets suspended.

    • madtolive5 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      I don’t think Benoit has it in him to hurt anyone but that was a bad hit. The intent might not be to attempt to have his head hit the boards, but it happened.
      It also was a 5 minute game misconduct.

      My point is that no post on PHT about it but this Chara hit which might be a game at most.
      Purely posted for traffic and comments.

      • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Talbot has already said that Pouliot didn’t hit him and he lost his balance. Again the big problem today is that people have this misguided opinion that the league wants to do away with injuries. That’s never been the stated intent, because it’s not realistic. This play is a great example. There was no hit, Pouliot did nothing wrong, and in fact backed off when he saw Talbot was in trouble. There are always going to be violent collisions in hockey, it’s the dirty plays the league wants to get rid of. This was not a dirty play. It was two guys competing for a puck and one guy losing his balance in a bad spot.

      • madtolive5 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        See that is what bothers me more. It is impossible to figure out intent on every hit. Something like two nights ago is very obvious but even in that case, Scott seemed to be sorry while in the penalty box. These guys act on emotional and some immediately know they did something wrong. Just because Benoit puts his hand out right after, and didn’t mean to hit him in the back, doesn’t me he DIDN’T DO IT.
        It is very very obvious that it wasn’t Talbot just losing his balance on his own. Pouliot did make contact with his numbers. I

        My point though wasn’t that BP should be suspend, it is that there was no post on the hit, which Hockey Analysis, have called a bad illegal hit.

      • matt14gg - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        You say it’s very obvious Talbot wasn’t losing his balance on his own.

        This is a direct quote from from Max Talbot from the Delaware County Daily Times:

        “I can’t really skate that well, so I might have just stumbled on my feet,” said Talbot. “I don’t really think I got pushed.

        The bigger problem is people trying to make a hard play, where someone got hurt, into a dirty play. Pouliot’s hit was not a dirty play. It was an accident that was the result of two guys going hard after a puck. The NHL is a hard game and guys get hurt and will continue to get hurt and sometimes the injury will be the result of an honest play like this one.

      • johnscottforpresident - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

        hey, madtolive: you’re an idiot.

        “It is impossible to figure out intent on every hit. Something like two nights ago is very obvious”

        obviously, you have all impossibilites figured out.

        it’s unfortunate that this is what we have to look forward to as the generation that will be leading our country soon. They think they know it all, don’t know anything, but still know it all.

  17. 11blueshirts11 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Did anyone here see Chara’s crosscheck to the head of Hertl?? I have no idea how the refs missed it

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Easy, they don’t look to penalize Chara. He’s a goon and a repeat offender. Let’s see just how serious the league is about removing head shots from the game and it will tell us all we want to know when we see what they do with Chara.

      We likely already know they aren’t serious, just from the fact that they even debated it as long as they did when it is something so simple and straightforward.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        You’re a moron for using the word goon to describe a Norris Trophy winner

  18. terrier92 - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Bruins season ticket holder saw it live As soon as it happened I said to myself that should be looked at Replay hasn’t changed my mind Guys cannot hit the head Shanny will get it right

  19. earpaniac - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I’m not a B’s fan, but anyone who says this is remotely like the Scott hit is either, blind, insane, or completely biased. Is it a shot to the head? Yes. Was it dirty? No. I think at max, a game. There should’ve been a penalty as well.

    • shaundre93 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      I am a B’s fan, and I think this is an accurate assessment. This does not compare to John Scott, but it does look bad. Give him a couple games if you need to, to keep the idiots from claiming Colin’s pulling strings.

      Zdeno Chara is probably one of the top 10 in the NHL in total min played over the last 10 years
      He is 6’9″ about 265
      Not only is he big, but is one of the fittest, strongest athletes in hockey, maybe in all sports
      If he was a dirty hockey player, he would have done a LOT more damage by now
      Occasionally he gets his stick in players faces, but thatll happen when your chest is eye level for everyone else

      Stop claiming he is just like Scott because of his size. He made a bad hit, and should be penalized accordingly.

      Granted, the timing could not be worse for this incident, but use your brains people!
      This was not a blatant cheapshot with intent to hurt, it was just a bad hit, a mistake.
      It’s not like he chased him 40 ft to make the hit, just tried to finish a check when he shouldn’t have

      • jkibler1 - Oct 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        So, if I read your post correctly, “a bad hit, a mistake” should be allowed even though it was a head shot? So it is more about intent than a blow to the cranium? Tell that to the innocent bystander who gets a bullet to the head by ” mistake” tell them that even though they are dead, it doesn’t really count because ” aw shucks, it was a bad hit, a mistake”!!!! Doesn’t cheer them up too much huh?

  20. johnscottforpresident - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    late hit. head shot. left the game. probably concussed. young superstar for his team. large height difference between the two players. Charra is a goon and should 5 games….just like John Scott will get.

    In other matters, where’s Milbury being outraged about this one? Maybe he’s beating someone sitting in the stands with a shoe again…or planning how to destroy a once proud franchise…or remembering each of the 1800 mins in penalties in his career where he had more than his share of dirty hits and fights….or trying to figure out how he GM’d a team that lost 50 games in a season… or how he said Dan Bylsma should “take of his skirt” during an argument between opposing benches/coaches…or how he called the Sedin boys Thelma and Lousie. I could go one an on. Real hockey fans know he is an idiot.

    Thanks for taking down my last post NBCSN webmaster. The truth hurts, and it should be put back up. If Mr. Milbury needs to speak to me, give him my email address.

    Any questions, let me know.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Milbury is an incompetant clown. He gives real clowns a bad name.

      He’s probably busy beating up one of his pee wee kids opponents again.

      He was yelling that Scott should be out of the game, when he’s the one who should be handed his walking papers. What a pathetic piece of crap he is.

  21. jpat2424 - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Can’t believe the no call. Wow.
    Hawks fan

  22. iplaygoalie - Oct 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    High hit and no puck completely unnecessary. I hate boston but this should be one game MAX.

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