Pacioretty: Don't criminally prosecute Chara

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Pacioretty: Don't criminally prosecute Chara

Associated Press
One day after expressing his anger at Zdeno Chara, and stating that he feels the hit Chara delivered was deliberate, Max Pacioretty issued a statement saying he doesn't want Montreal police to prosecute the Bruins defenseman."I sincerely appreciate all of thesupport that I have received since my injury," said Pacioretty, who suffered a severe concussion and a non-displaced fracture of the fourth vertebrae when he was checked into the stanchion between the benches at the Bell Centre by Chara on Tuesday night."I was disappointed that the NHL did not suspend Zdeno Chara."However, I have no desire for him to be prosecuted legally. I feel thatthe incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game."I understand that this is not mydecision. I have respect and admiration for the authorities in Quebec.I simply wanted to make my opinion clear."
Montreal police started a criminal investigation Thursday, saying they were acting on arequest by Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions, LouisDionne. After evidence is collected, it will be determined if there aregrounds for prosecution, they said.

Red Wings' Vanek, Nielsen score in 6-5 SO win over Bruins

Red Wings' Vanek, Nielsen score in 6-5 SO win over Bruins

DETROIT - Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen scored in a shootout, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a comeback 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings rallied from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the first period, and with 3:04 remaining in regulation, Gustav Nyquist scored to pull them into a tie.

In the shootout, Tuukka Rask and Petr Mrazek stopped the first shots they faced before Vanek scored for the Red Wings and Brad Marchand countered with a goal for the Bruins. Nielsen, who like Vanek joined the team last summer as a free agent, scored on the team's third attempt and Vatrano missed the net with a chance to extend the 1-on-1 duels.

The Bruins were dominant early before blowing a chance to keep Detroit at a distance in the Atlantic Division standings.