B’s Beat: With Boychuk Boarding, Max Pacioretty Adds To Dirty Play Resume (VIDEO)
Well looks like Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens is back to his old DIRTY tricks. Yes, the same Max Pacioretty that was injured in 2011 by the Bruins Zdeno Chara with a freak hit into the stanchion which sparked the whole city of Montreal to call 9-1-1. And don’t forget the bogus criminal charges that they were trying to be pin on Chara for assault.
Pacioretty was perceived as a victim as prey to the monster known as Chara.
But poor old little Max Pacioretty has displayed predator like tendencies….
In the first period of the game between Montreal and Boston on December 6th, Max Pacioretty boarded Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Pacioretty was assessed a minor penalty and Boychuk was carried out a stretcher.
Now at full speed the hit does not look vicious as many have claimed. Even Bruins head coach Claude Julien didn’t think it was a dirty play:
“It was deserving of a two-minute penalty,” Julien said. “I looked at it and it was, and I’m being honest, I don’t think it was more than that. I think it’s probably the way he went into the boards that did most of the damage. I don’t think it was the severity of the hit.”
Not sure if Julien would feel the same way if he saw these slo-mo GIF’s provided by The Nosebleeds:
Now from this angle, Pacioretty’s hit looks like a case of a badly timed hit….
Now from the reverse angle, you can plainly see Pacioretty raise his shoulder and drive Boychuk into the boards. He then followed through with his torso against Boychuk’s back.
Yep, Boychuk’s head was down, facing the boards and leaving himself in a vulnerable position as Pacioretty the Predator took full advantage…..of course he didn’t see the play though….
Pacioretty said he didn’t see the hit since his back was turned when Boychuk went into the boards.
“I have no comment on it, I honestly, I couldn’t even walk you through the hit. It’s, you know, I felt terrible, I didn’t even really know what happened,” Pacioretty said. “I was just kind of battling for the puck, I felt terrible after it happened. I’m going to have to see it because I haven’t even seen the replay.”
He added that the Bruins did not have an issue with the hit.
“No, I mean I asked people because I literally didn’t know what happened,” he said. “They said, I think he twisted his back or something in regards to that. I obviously feel terrible, I’ve been in that situation before, and I had no intent to injury anybody, I thought I was just playing hard. I hope everything’s going to be all right for him.
“You know what, I think the team gave me the benefit of the doubt, the few guys I talked to about it. I honest to God didn’t have any intentions of doing anything like that. Like I said, I hope he gets better quick.“
Hey Max, did you see these hits on the Penguins’ Kris Letang or the Islanders’ Mark Eaton?
Oh probably not because you are perceived as the prey not the predator….
His “victim” Johnny Boychuk flew back with the Bruins and is suffering from a lower back injury which is not considered serious luckily…
NOTE: No one in Boston called 9-1-1 on Pacioretty’s dirty hit.