Montreal Canadiens fans are going to be protesting outside the Bell Centre tonight to protest hockey violence.
Obviously this is just a coincidence that one of their own was injured. This protest against hockey violence was planned way in advance because of the slew of other hockey hitting related injuries...
...oh wait, it wasn't? Ah shit.
According to The Canadian Press:
The league decided not to penalize Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara, who got a game misconduct from a referee after hurling Pacioretty into a stanchion during an on-ice incident last week.
So we've gone from Chara trying to decapitate Pacioretty to Big Z picking Pac up and hurling him into the turnbuckle. Good to know; not sure which is worse.
We love to hate him but Bruce Boudreau had some nice quotes this afternoon on TSN.ca:
"You don't like it, don't come to the games. Listen, I don't want to get into any controversy, but if that was Hal Gill that hit David Krejci, I don't think there'd be a protest going on here tonight. I think the players realize that they could get hurt. They don't want to do it, but unless you've played and see what goes on and at the speed of the game, you're not going to be able to argue with it."
Anyways, we're sure it'll be a very peaceful gathering of Habs fans: