I’m sure by now that we’ve all seen this photo around the web and while the saying claims that pictures say a thousand words I feel that this picture in particular speaks volumes.
When looking at this picture I can’t help but recall when Chara nearly killed Pacioretty at the Bell Center by putting him head-first into a stanchion.
I remember Pacioretty saying that he had forgiven Chara for the hit and always thought it was hard to believe that you can so easily forgive someone who tried to kill you.
When I look at this picture I start to think that maybe Patches was just trying to be “politically correct” in saying that he had forgiven Chara.
Look at Max’s face, is it just me or does it look like he has a deep-seated hatred for the behemoth who practically impaled him in the stanchion?
I don’t blame Pacioretty though. It’s completely understandable for him to dislike Chara and let it show. It can be hard to hide your emotions at times.
For example, after any game where the Toronto Maple Laughs defeat the Habs, my discontent is always obvious the next day. I’ll admit to having a deep-seated hatred for them, and I obviously do. Because it’s Toronto.
I don’t think any player can survive a hit like the one Pacioretty did and then face the player who hit them all fun and fancy free like nothing ever happened.
Chara’s face on the other hand looks like he doesn’t want to make eye contact just to avoid another awkward “I sorry”.
But that’s just my opinion of what I see in this picture, what’s yours?