Game Day : Habs @ St Louis

Sorta speechless this morning. Not sure what to think of tonight's game. As much as it's exciting to see a Price/Halak showdown, my mind still hasn't settled from the Boston game.

I just can't wrap my head around this one. I live my life trying to be consistent with everything I do. So why can't others? I'm trying to figure this one out, and maybe you can help me. Let's take a high sticking penalty. Let's break it down. If your stick hits a players face, in any situation (intended or not) you draw a two minute penalty. If that accidental high stick causes injury, you then get an additional two minutes. Something as simple as a speckle of blood will be considered an injury.

So let's apply that to what happened the other day to Max Pacioretty. Yes, it was not a head shot. Chara did not leave his feet. But he did interfere with a player (usually a two minute penalty) and caused injury, meriting a five minute major instead of a two minute minor, and then a ten minute game misconduct. So I understand the reasoning behind all of that. What I don't understand, is how he avoided any type of suspension.

Honestly though, let's think of it this way. Seven years ago, Todd Bertuzzi punched a fellow hockey player in the back of the head, resulting in Steve Moore falling to the ice with Bertuzzi on his back. Moore suffered a similar injury to Pacioretty. Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely, and later, charges were filed against him by Moore. But why was Bertuzzi punished so much. He simply throw a punch at a player, usually a two minute penalty for roughing, no? I'm having trouble understanding why Bertuzzi wasn't given a five minute major for roughing because he caused an injury, and then a ten minute game misconduct ala Chara. I'm just trying to make sense of this. Bertuzzi did not mean to break anyones neck. He simply wanted to send a message. As did Chara. It's not what they wanted to do, it's what your "in the heat of the moment" decision results in.

A player needs to be responsible for his actions on the ice at ALL times. Earlier this season Mike Cammalleri was suspended three games for slashing a players skates. Sean Avery was suspended six games for his "sloppy seconds" comments, and F'IN James Wisniewski was thrown out two games for a BJ gesture. Just sayin'

Anyway, it's ridiculous. No point in even talking about it, nothing will come of it. I'm sure plenty will disagree with my views, but it's how I see it. As much as I love the Habs, I also really like the Bruins. Chara is one of my favorite players in the league, and he still will be after all this is settled. I just don't see how he is not being held accountable for his actions. If I push someone is it illegal? No. If I push someone in front of a train, is it still ok?

Moving on.

Jaro Halak, Carey Price. Cool match-up to say the least. I hope they are both the starting goalies tonight. Although I can see Jacques Martin starting Auld just to give Carey a rest. St Louis isn't the toughest of opponents, so watch for that to happen.

Who's hot? MAX PACIORETTY. Hottest Hab on the team.
St Louis : Stewart.

I'm not even going to mention injuries today.

Who cares about the rest. Better be a blowout by the Habs. Really wish this was a home game.

Starts at 8:00, being aired on RDS and TSN-HABSHD


George Prax's picture

Like i told you I'm working on my own post but I agree with everything you said. You could have summed it up in three words you used:

"Anyway, it's ridiculous"


As for the game, it truly is a shame that we can't focus on it, because I think it had potential to be a classic. Can't think of anything other than Pacioretty but I hope Price and the boys win it for him tonight, and win it well like they did Tuesday (if you forget about the few seconds of the incident)

Jason Pietroniro's picture

I just hope that JM puts pouliot or DD on the line where Pac was. Not AK, want to keep him where he is producing.