Chara is expected to be disciplined for the hit, which knocked out Pacioretty. The Montreal forward was carried off the ice on a stretcher. Chara was called for a five-minute interference penalty and a game misconduct.
Because the hearing is taking place via phone, Chara could be suspended for a maximum of five games, according to the collective bargaining agreement. Had a preliminary review indicated that a suspension of six or more games was warranted, the hearing would be taking place in person in Toronto.
A suspension would leave the Bruins with five healthy defensemen. They would have to recall reinforcements from Providence for tomorrow's game against Buffalo.