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Chiarelli on the offensive

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  November 2, 2007 03:29 PM

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GM Peter Chiarelli has read the stories, watched the reports, and heard the talk-radio chatter -- almost exclusively emanating from Canada -- that put the fault on Patrice Bergeron for being in a vulnerable position.

Chiarelli's had enough.

"Those are the terms I've been using. Ludicrous and absurd," said Chiarelli. "I guess I'm angry at some of these takes. Commentaries, web sites, talk radio -- you should hear some of the talk radio out of Montreal. They're saying he's partially at fault for this. It angers me. It angers the Bruins organization that they'd say it's his fault in this case. To say he should have been more careful retrieving the puck, to me, is absurd."

Chiarelli didn't single out names, but two of hockey's most significant observers have commented on the play. Don Cherry, during his Coach's Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada, criticized Bergeron for entering the corner in the wrong manner. TSN commentator Bob Mckenzie wrote that Bergeron contributed to his own demise by turning away from the hit and going into the corner low.

"I want to express our anger and dismay at these outlets north of the border. And I'm from north of the border. I know what happens," said Chiarelli, an Ottawa native. "They pick up these things and it becomes a consensus. I want to make sure they see our point of view, Patrice's point of view, his family's point of view. Patrice had nephews watching that game who though he was dead."

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