Thursday, 10 March 2011
Chara's hit on Pacioretty
Basically, Chara hit Pacioretty when he didn't have the puck, right into the piece of glass between the two benches. Pacioretty was out cold for a few minutes and fractured one of his vertebrae. If you watch the video, it looks like Chara looks up, knowing where he is on the ice, and purposely hits Pacioretty into the glass knowing he will be hurt.
So Chara got suspended right? Nope. He got kicked out of the game. But no suspension, no fines, nothing. And Pacioretty will be out for the rest of the season and playoffs at the very least.
So what do you guys think? Should Chara have been given a bigger punishment? Or was it an innocent interference play? Personally, I think Chara is a lumbering goon, I mean Bruin, who injured Pacioretty on purpose. If it were my decision, I'd fine him and kick him out for ten games.
Sorry for posting a sports video, but I think this raises an interesting safety question. Why wasn't that piece of glass padded? It wouldn't detract from the game at all. It would hardly cost anything, especially compared with the cost of treating an injury like Pacioretty's. If the glass was padded, the debate wouldn't even exist. Pacioretty might have gotten a minor concussion at worst.