I don’t have to remind anyone of the devestating hit Pacioretty took from Zdeno Chara last Tuesday night against the Boston Bruins in Montreal. It’s a moment that many will probably never forget.
At first all I heard was the ping as Pacioretty’s head hit the stanchion, then I saw his legs in the air parallel to the ice. I knew right away it wasnt good.
NHL vice-president of hockey operations Mike Murphy was in charge of reviewing the situation and deciding whether or not a suspension was merited. He had the following statement after deciding that there would be no suspension or fine for Zdeno Chara:
“I could not find any evidence to suggest that, beyond this being a correct call for interference, that Chara targeted the head of his opponent, left his feet or delivered the check in any other manner that could be deemed to be dangerous.”
How the hell can he say it was a clean hit? Did he not see this picture? He must have, the whole world saw it. How can he say that Chara didn’t target the head when his hand is quite obviously on Pacioretty’s head as it makes contact with the glass partition?
And for Bettman to say that it was a “horrific injury” but part of hockey? Come on, hockey his not a horrific sport, unless the NHL let’s it become one.
Yesterday Tampa Bay Lightning’s defenseman Pavel Kubina was suspended for elbowing Blackhawks Bolland forward in the head.
Wow they called that one right. Yes it was a hit to a head and merited the three game suspension and the $60,096.76 fine that came with it. But before I go on, take a look at the hit:
Like I said, a clear hit to the head which should’ve and did earn Kubina a suspension. But the hit doesn’t compare to the one on Pacioretty in terms of severity. Bolland was hardly even phased by the collision. He finished his shift whereas Pacioretty was taken to hospital on a spine board.
How can you sanction something like that but not a hit that inflicted a severe concussion and spinal fracture? It doesn’t make any sense to me.
What scares me the most is that I feel that the only way the NHL will take an even stronger stand towards head shots is when and if a player dies on the ice. I hate to say it but it almost happened with Pacioretty.
The NHL needs to wake the fuck up before someone dies out there.