If you're anything like me, you reacted to yesterday's uproar over the NHL's decision to levy no penalty on Zdeno Chara by asking, "What's a hawk-key?" Then you punched your screen in a couple times because some asshat decided to flood YouTube with a bunch of non-videos of that hit everyone was talking about. Well fear not, we're here to bring video justice to the masses. And I'll even do my part to spare you the inane fanboyism that makes up Boston's sports commentating industry and go with the Montreal's Martin McGuire et Dany Dubé. Unfortunately, I have no idea what they're saying but I assume it has something to do with poutine and universal healthcare. The hit happens right away, with a slow motion replay around :40.
For those who don't know, Pacioretty was hospitalized with a factured vertebrae, and the NHL decided against suspending Chara from play, despite the cries of many a Canadiens fan that a top offensive prospect may have lost his entire career at Chara's hands. Controversy, I smells it. Now, the hit itself may seem relatively mundane and not overly aggressive. In fact, infinitely more damage is clearly delivered by the glass than by Chara hismelf. So the real question becomes, "to what degree was Chara actually trying to use the turnbuckle?" Nobody's saying he wanted to break the guy's freaking neck, but a player at the highest level has to know where he is on the ice. Doesn't he?
One man who certainly thinks so is Max Pacioretty.
“I believe he was trying to guide my head into the turnbuckle. We all know where the turnbuckle is. It wasn’t a head shot like a lot of head shots we see but I do feel he targeted my head into the turnbuckle.”