In light of Thursday's news that the Montreal police opened up an investigation of Zdeno Chara after his hit on Max Pacioretty that left the Canadiens forward with a concussion and fractured vertebrae, Pacioretty issued a statement. Despite his public anger toward Chara -- he feels the hit was intentional -- Pacioretty doesn't want Montreal police to prosecute the Bruins defenseman.
"I sincerely appreciate all of the support that I have received since my injury. I was disappointed that the NHL did not suspend Zdeno Chara.
"However, I have no desire for him to be prosecuted legally. I feel that the incident, as ugly as it was, was part of a hockey game.
"I understand that this is not my decision. I have respect and admiration for the authorities in Quebec. I simply wanted to make my opinion clear."