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Claude Julien not blaming Max Pacioretty

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MONTREAL — Max Pacioretty was sent off for boarding for his first-period hit on Johnny Boychuk in the Canadiens’ 2-1 Thursday night. The Bruins do not believe additional discipline will be required.

Pacioretty hit Boychuk from behind, but it was not a heavy hit.

“I think it was deserving of a two-minute penalty,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “I’m being honest here. I don’t think it was more than that. I think it was the way he went into the boards that did most of the damage. I don’t think it was from the severity of the hit. We have to be honest if we’re going to clean up this game. To turn around and say that it should have been a game, suspension, I don’t think so.”

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