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Chara to have noon hearing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 9, 2011 09:35 AM

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Zdeno Chara will be on a conference call with the league at noon regarding last night's hit on Max Pacioretty. Mike Murphy, NHL vice president of hockey operations, will lead the call in place of league disciplinarian Colin Campbell, who is recused from all disciplinary matter regarding the Bruins because of his son Gregory.

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.

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