this looked like interference and no more... i know this wont be a particularly popular opinion. this play happens once a year and everyone mentions how dumb the rink design is and then nothing gets done. another link to the video since that ones gone..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jimZ1tSdPY0
Watching the game last night, and watching the vid you posted - I honestly dunno how some here can say for any certainty that Chara knew what he was doing, and purposely drove Pacioretty's head into the "turnbuckle".
I'm certain there have been numerous collisions over the years involving the edge of the glass at the end of the players bench, but unfortunately for Pacioretty he gets knocked out, and Chara is instantly public enemy #1.
Is it the job of the defense to hang their goaltender out to dry because that's what's happening on many nights, including tonight. You and a lot of other posters around here have crazy expectations for goaltending. Expectations which are completely unrealistic, especially with this defense. I really hope you are letting your emotions get to you because this post is just ridiculous.
Many forget that some of the best netminders out there just so happen to have a team that plays well in fron of them on a consistent basis...Just sayin.
I'll get grilled for this from some, but fighting is a thing of the past in hockey. It's time to move on. With what they know about concussions and head shots, it's time to give automatic game misconducts for fights and FINALLY get serious about head shots. I for one am scared someday to maybe see Datsyuk or Zetterberg get a serious concussion from someone who's half the player they are, and jealous of their talents and successes in the League, like Cooke.
It's much more fun to watch Draper-Helm-Abby stake around and cause problems with their speed, instead of meat heads like Chris Neil or Cooke. Fighting and goons have been slowly going out of style since the 1970's, it's time to finally get them out of the game.
I hope Don Cherry takes this article seriously, but I highly doubt it because he's stuck in 1972.
Why not get rid of boxing/MMA/football...Those 3 make the head injury woes of hockey look miniscule.
Contact sports will always have issues regarding injuries.
IMHO the league can do a few things: go back to the "old school" shoulder/elbow pads, allow for a little bit of clutch/grab like we had seen throughout the 80's/early 90's just enough to slow guys down, and remove the instigator pen - yeah I said remove the instigator pen.