Recchi: Habs embellished Pacioretty injury

Bruins forward Mark Recchi was critical of the Canadiens and their fans regarding their reaction to...

Bruins forward Mark Recchi was critical of the Canadiens and their fans regarding their reaction to Zdeno Chara's hit against Max Pacioretty on March 8. (NICK LAHAM/Getty Images)

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Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi took a shot at the Montreal Canadiens and their fans on a Boston radio station Wednesday.

Recchi, speaking on 98.5 The Sports Hub one day before the first meeting between the teams since Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara’s hit on Montreal’s Max Pacioretty earlier this month, said the Canadiens exaggerated reports about the extent of Pacioretty’s injury.

“They were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit,” the 22-year NHL veteran said. “They were trying to do what they could to get him suspended.”

Pacioretty was diagnosed with a severe concussion and a broken vertebra after being hit into a turnbuckle by Chara at the Bell Centre in a game on March 8, according to the Canadiens. Chara was given an interference penalty on the play but received no supplemental discipline from the NHL.

Recent reports suggest Pacioretty might recover from his injuries in time for the playoffs. He has been released from hospital.

On March 14, Pacioretty wrote on his Twitter page that he had gone to see a movie. This drew more speculation from Recchi that the Habs forward’s injury status may not have been as severe as originally reported.

“Obviously if you have a bad concussion you’re not going to be at a movie,” he said.

Recchi, who once played for the Canadiens, was also critical of Habs fans.

“Their judgment was clouded big time on this,” he said “They’re making a huge deal out of this.”

Montreal police received a large number of calls from fans wanting Chara charged with assault. Habs fans also staged a protest outside the Bell Centre before the team’s next home game, March 15 against the Washington Capitals.

“I think the league made their statement when they didn’t suspend Zdeno,” Recchi said. “They deemed it a hockey play and nothing more.

“We all know it was an accident and that’s the bottom line.”

Recchi did say he and the Bruins are glad that Pacioretty is on his way towards recovery.

“We’re very thankful that he is OK and he’s getting better,” Recchi said.

As far as projecting the volatility of Thursday’s game, Recchi predicted that both teams will simply try to win the hockey game. He doesn’t expect the Canadiens to seek revenge for the hit.

“They don’t really have that type of team where they’re going to come out and try and go after us physically and fight us,” he said.


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