BOSTON - Veteran Bruins forward Mark Recchi has added spice to the Boston-Montreal rematch by suggesting the Canadiens "embellished" the severity of Max Pacioretty’s injury from Zdeno Chara's check.
Recchi told WBZ everyone was glad the Habs forward was going to be OK but said Montreal did its bit to get the Bruins captain suspended.
"He does obviously have a fractured vertebrae, but the concussion was obviously really a non-factor, maybe a day or two, maybe a day he felt it then he was fine a couple of days later," Recchi told WBZ on Wednesday, noting Pacioretty was tweeting at the movies less than a week after the injury.
"I believe, yeah, they were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit. You have to look at it, I guess they were trying to do whatever they could to get him suspended. And I think the league sent the message that it was a hockey play, and that’s the important thing that people have to understand."
Chara checked Pacioretty into the boards in a Montreal game March 8. The Canadiens forward was hurt when he rammed into the stanchion.
Chara got a five-minute penalty but there was no further punishment upon league review.
The two teams meet in Boston on Thursday night.