MONTREAL - The timing is interesting.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara told reporters in Boston Tuesday that he has spoken to Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who suffered a cracked verterbra in his neck after Chara knocked him into a stanchion at the Bell Centre March 8.
"Yes, yes I did. We talked," Chara said after the Bruins practised. He wouldn't reveal the nature of their conversation.
The fact Chara made the gesture could let some of the steam out of a situation that had fans in Montreal calling 911 and asking for a police investigation. Chara received a major penalty for inteference and a game misconduct on the play, but did not received a suspension from the league.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said earlier this week he did not expect Montreal police to question Chara when the Bruins return to Montreal for Game 3 Monday, their first game here since the incident.
While Pacioretty has been making a remarkable comeback, he is not expected to face the Bruins.