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Chara Reacts to NHL Decision

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- On Wednesday afternoon, in the wake of Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara's hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy released a statement that said, "After a thorough review of the video I can find no basis to impose supplemental discipline."

This morning, after the B's optional skate at TD Garden, Chara spoke about the decision and about Pacioretty's reaction to the news.

"I totally understand," said Chara of Pacioretty's statements.

"I obviously feel bad that he got hurt. As a player, and as a hockey player, we all feel bad when something like that happens...and obviously, I’m wishing him a fast recovery and hopefully he can be back on the ice soon.

"That’s all we love to do -- we love to play hockey. And, obviously, we go out there, we take risks and sometimes we get hurt.

"It’s just very unfortunate," he said.  

Chara reiterated that he did not intend to hurt Pacioretty.

"It was just a hockey play that developed. I know deep down I didn’t do it intentionally," he said.

"I've said it before, it’s not my style. It’s not what I try to do. I never try to hurt anybody.

"I play physical. I play hard, but that’s not what I intended to do," said Chara.

The defenseman was also asked if he knew who he was hitting during the second period of Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Montreal.

"No. Like I said, it was the faceoff and we tried to set up a play and basically the puck went to the other side and we were racing for the puck," said Chara. "I had no idea he was on the ice.

"I had no idea it was him."   
Chara was asked if he will have trouble playing an aggressive style in the future.

"No, I'll be still playing the same way," he said. "Basically, I have to focus on my game.

"But I just have to play the same way."  

News reports have surfaced regarding possible criminal charges stemming from the hit. Chara had no new information on that front.

"I got some media information on that this morning," he said. "But, like I said, right now I’m focusing on my game and playing hockey and we’ll see."

Chara and the Bruins will face the Buffalo Sabres tonight at 7:00 at TD Garden.
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