Pictures Say a Thousand Words

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?


3 comments on “Pictures Say a Thousand Words

  1. Was Pacioretty just playing nice when he said that he had forgiven Chara? Maybe. He is pretty direct and honest, so I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt. But even if he’s forgiven, it doesn’t mean he’s forgotten. He may have let Chara off the hook under the premise that “he didn’t want to kill me”, but he certainly won’t be sending him a birthday card any time soon.

    We also have to consider that Team USA had just lost. I don’t expect anybody to be smiling at the guys who just beat them, but you’re right – this picture is a nice snapshot of what their relationship probably is like. Resentful at worst, probably somewhere around “frosty”, and cordial at best.


    • “frosty and cordial” couldn’t have put it better myself Kyle. Your right about the fact that the US had just lost but I’ve seen players of the losing team at least make eye contact with the victors. Nothing for these two though lol. Thanks for reading!


  2. I think Pacioretty had the right idea not to hold it against Chara. Granted he’ll keep a close eye on him for future encounters, but the truth of the matter is, the right person to hold accountable is Bettman. He’s the real snake in this scenario.

    Lets take a look at the facts:

    1. Chara is a douche, he plays dirty, he picks on all the other kids because his own mother couldn’t stand to look at him…he excels at cheap shots & incohesive banter, he fires a bullet of a puck as if he has a personal vendetta against it, and he’s all-around known as the concussion fairy.

    2. Chara is paid to perform & deliver exactly all of the afore mentioned facts. If he were to stop being Chara…we’d have another George Laraque on the ice. And we all know what that would accomplish.

    3. Bettman is a douche, he talks shit, eats shit, looks like shit, and I’ll go as far as saying that he probably smells & tastes like it too.

    4. Bettman issues sketchy statements like a preacher on meth. He stated to reporters some bullshit about reliable feedback that make the lack of punishment toward Chara a judicious decision:

    “…but I don’t think whether or not supplemental discipline was imposed would change what happened and in fact the people in the game who I have heard from almost to a person … believe that it was handled appropriately by hockey operations.”

    Now whom may I ask are these “people-in-the-game”?…Surely he’s referring to his BFF’s (Bruins-Fuck-Friends). We are all very well aware of his penchant toward Boston…no denying it.

    5. In anticipation of the following confrontation, Bettman warns the Montreal Canadiens to be on their best behavior…because we obviously instigated this whole charade from the very beginning. Oh yes! Now that I recall the event, I’m sure that Pacioretty was attempting to perfect his triple-axle when he miscalculated his saut and plunged head first into the stanchion.

    6. Getting back on topic, our “friend” Bettman even goes as far as to offhandedly express:

    “What’s interesting … is that the rise in concussions off of the preliminary data from this season seem to be coming from accidental events, collisions, players falling and banging into other things, not from head hits,”

    …really, I hadn’t quite realized that the NHL consisted of members from the special Olympics.

    7. If Bettman had just suspended Chara like he should have, I’m sure that would have been justice enough for Pacioretty. What’s scary for Patches is to fear a re-occurring experience because nothing was done the first time around.

    8. It’s important for the injured players to feel like the league is on their side, who do you put your trust in otherwise? I agree that violence is a part of hockey but to openly share that you’re “comfortable with the decision that [his hockey operations people] made” (there he goes again with his so-called “people”…I’d like to meet them), the least he could to is be empathetic toward this ever-growing culture of Hockey Trauma: Life in the E.R.!! Before you know it, little Timbit hockey players will be sucker-punching each other because apparently they can hit and not get in trouble!

    9. Bettman, If it wasn’t for your distinct fondness for bullshit, I’d drop a solid deuce in your mouth.

    10. Suffice it to say that Chara slipped through the cracks of a corrupt disciplinary system, and though guilty of excessive violence, it’s not really his fault that he got away with it…and now to quote one last golden statement from Bettman:

    “And so before you over-legislate — because our players are pretty conscious of what they’re allowed to do and not allowed to do — you’ve got to look at the source for what the problem is.”

    Well said Gary.


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