Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will not have to worry about talking to the police when the team’s first-round series shifts to Montreal.
Boston GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters on a conference call that he’s been assured there won’t be any “Montreal investigation” distractions, according to CSN New Englands’s Joe Haggerty. It’s unclear where exactly the investigation launched in the aftermath of Chara’s check of Habs forward Max Pacioretty stands.
The March 8 collision sent Pacioretty off a divider between the benches at the Bell Centre, resulting in a broken bone in Pacioretty 's neck and a concussion. Pacioretty was stretchered off, although he has returned to some light skating in recent days. It's unlikely Pacioretty will make it back for the playoff.
Chara was given a major interference penalty and a game misconduct, but was not suspended by the NHL. That caused an immediate uproar in Montreal and the police began a probe to see if Chara committed any crimes with his check.
Game 3 of the series next Monday will mark the first time the Bruins have played in Montreal since the incident.
-- A.J. Perez