NHL reaction to Chara's hit

NHL reaction to Chara's hit
March 10, 2011, 12:00 pm
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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."