NHL reaction to Chara's hit

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NHL reaction to Chara's hit

Some reaction from arouind the NHL to the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty, courtesy of TSN.ca:

FROM THE CANADIENS
Mike Cammalleri: "There's a certain level of awareness of where you are on the ice and what you're doing. No one will ever know but Chara if it was intentional, what he felt or what he thought or where he thought he was on the ice, so I can't answer that."

P.K. Subban: "He's probably the biggest guy in the league in terms of strength and it's not an easy game for him to play either. He's a lot bigger than everybody else, but that being said, it comes with a responsibility also . . . As a player who likes to hit, there's a responsibility on me too, to not hit guys when they're in awkward positions. Hockey's a fast sport, it's not easy sometimes."

Carey Price: "They do kind of have a history referring to Pacioretty's shove of Chara while he was celebrating a game-winning goal against the Bruins on Jan. 8, which led to a skirmish and that adds fuel to the fire. The only person who knows if it was intentional is Chara."

PRO-CHARA SENTIMENTS FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE
Jason Spezza, Senators: "I really think it was more bad luck than anything. It's a physical game, but nobody is trying to hurt each other."

Chris Neil, Senators: "He's pretty honest and pretty physical. That's what makes him the defenseman he is. He's pretty physical and he finishes his checks. That's part of the game."

Phil Kessel, Maple Leafs (and former Chara teammate in Boston): "He's a great guy, a great teammate. I don't think that he deliberately tried to hurt the guy. I think it's an unfortunate situation where the glass is in the wrong spot."

Ron Wilson, Maple Leafs coach: "That's just one of those bad-luck situations. Too much attention's going to be drawn on Chara in that situation. I think it was an accident myself."

ANTI-CHARA SENTIMENTS FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE:
Luke Schenn, Maple Leafs: "I think most guys try to slow a guy up. You're not going to push him with that kind of force, and most guys aren't as strong as him. It's just an unfortunate play and you hate to see it happen."

Tanner Glass, Canucks: "I thought it was a dirty play. I thought he knew exactly what he was doing. It's unfortunate that a player got hurt that way . . . I think if you poll 700 NHL players, a good majority are going to say he knows exactly what he was doing and he knows the turnbuckle's there."

Bergeron makes Bruins history with fourth Selke Trophy

Bergeron makes Bruins history with fourth Selke Trophy

Patrice Bergeron made hockey history on Wednesday night at the NHL Awards Show in easily the best moment of the evening for the Bruins.

That’s right. Boston’s beloved No. 37 won the fourth Selke Trophy of his career at the NHL Awards presentation recognizing the standouts from the 2016-17 season, and in doing so Bergeron became only the second player in NHL history (Bob Gainey) to win the defensive award in four different seasons. The Habs legend Gainey made the presentation of the award to No. 37 at the event, and it certainly felt like the passing of the Selke baton from the best defensive forward of the last generation to the best defensive forward of this generation.  

“I’m humbled. It’s a huge honor. It’s also a huge honor to get [the award] from Mr. Gainey. He’s somebody I looked up to and he was a great role model for kids when I was growing up,” said Bergeron. “It’s a huge honor that I couldn’t do without everybody back home in Boston.”

This particular award had to be extra sweet for the 31-year-old Bergeron after playing injured for the entire season while battling through the discomfort of a sports hernia, and in doing so helping to lead the improving B’s back into the playoffs.

Clearly, Bergeron’s teammates were pumped for him as Brad Marchand tweeted out a little line love after the awards were announced.

Bergeron was the NHL's busiest player in the face-off circle for the third consecutive season, leading the league with 1,812 draws and 1,089 winning face-offs. His draw winning percentage of 60.1% ranked third in the NHL, and he did so while continuing to score high in the puck-possession statistical categories across the league. Bergeron finished with 71 first place votes ahead of second place Ryan Kesler, and third place Mikko Koivu with 28 first place votes.

In the other good news department, Bergeron told reporters in Las Vegas that he’s feeling good physically following surgery and should be healthy and ready to go at the start of next season. 

Bruins lose Colin Miller in expansion draft

Bruins lose Colin Miller in expansion draft

In a move that shouldn’t surprise many, the Bruins have lost defenseman Colin Miller in the expansion draft to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. 

Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the selection, which will be announced Wednesday night. 

A fifth-round pick of the Kings in the 2012 draft, Miller was traded to the Bruins in the Milan Lucic deal after his second professional season. A strong skater with a heavy slap shot, Miller came to Boston having won both the fastest skater and hardest shot competitions in the 2015 AHL All-Star Skills competition. 

Though Miller’s skill-set still makes him a very promising player, he’s yet to develop into an NHL regular due to difficulties in decision-making. The 24-year-old was left exposed in the expansion draft as the B’s opted to protect 29-year-old Kevan Miller instead. 

Though Miller was selected by Vegas, it is not guaranteed he will remain with the team. Another team could trade for him, with Miller and Maple Leafs assistant general manager Kyle Dubas going back to Miller’s OHL days in Sault Ste. Marie, where Dubas was the team’s GM.