No suspension for Chara, because he's a super-nice guy. Am I imagining his arm come up and help Pacioretty's head into a stanchion? Watching that hit and the aftermath was literally sickening and so is the license the League (again) just handed certain players to willfully endanger their opponents.
The part that's making me crazy is hearing and reading the words "Zdeno Chara is not a dirty player" everywhere. Do I have him confused with someone else? Isn't this the same guy who spears and slashes the hell out of forwards with the audacity to make him look awkward and slow? Or who always wants a piece of the little guy but gets behind the officials once anyone larger than Tyler Ennis steps up? Who launched Ennis into the bench long, long after the whistle in Game 2 last year, seemingly just for the hell of it? And I don't think his penchant for post-whistle shit-stirring is likely to inspire too many Lady Byng nominations. So I must have the wrong guy. One might expect a guy like that to have been suspended once or twice before, and we all know that if you've never been suspended, the NHL can't possibly suspend you ever.