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To Hab and Hab not

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  March 9, 2011 08:56 AM

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Executive assistant district attorney Jack McCoy used to warn us all that "intent follows the bullet." If you get a little sockless one night and shoot a gun out the window of your apartment and accidentally into the wall across the alley, you are not punished as harshly as would be the case if you got a little sockless one night and shot a gun out the window of your apartment and accidentally into the noggin of a bicycle messenger who is riding down the alley.

Which is about where Zdeno Chara is right now.

This Blog believes that what Chara did to Montreal's Max Pacioretty last night was in no way an attempt to injure. However, Pacioretty was injured, and might have been horribly so, and he was injured by Chara while Chara was committing interference. That last fact is going to be lost in all the yapping that's going to occur when Chara gets suspended for what he did.

(This Blog is anxiously awaiting evening drive on The New Station, since the warm-up for yesterday's game was a festival of poopy-jokes, brain-dead xenophobia, and barely disguised gay-baiting unseen this side of a middle-school cafeteria. What new delights will ensue this afternoon?)

Chara's whole history mitigates against an overly harsh punishment from the NHL. However, while he was already committing a penalty, and while the whole play was within his control, Chara chose to hit Pacioretty illegally and Pacioretty could have been severely injured. Chara's going to get docked a few games, and should.


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