The reaction in Montreal to Chara not being suspended is about Montreal Canadiens partisanship and nothing more. The reality? They feel like they lost and that's the primary reason they're angry.
Question: If the skate had been on the other foot and Chara had been carted off to the hospital, would Montreal fans have been upset if the league had ruled no suspension for Pacioretty?
I've asked this question at a number of blog/comment places today and not one Montreal fan has been willing to answer. That says it all, eh?