Andy Brickley on The Big Show: NHL got it 'exactly right' in not suspending Zdeno Chara

DJ Bean
March 09, 2011 - 12:47 pm

NESN hockey analyst Andy Brickley joined The Big Show on Wednesday, telling Michael Holley and Glen Ordway that he agreed with the NHL's decision to not suspend Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. "I knew there would be a case to be made against Zdeno Chara," Brickley said, "but I was of the opinion that there would be no supplementary discipline or suspension based on the way I saw it." Chara was given a five-minute major penalty for interference and a game misconduct when he pushed Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty into the partition alongside the boards with 15.8 seconds remaining in the second period of the Habs' 4-1 win. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebrae. "I thought the league -- and I don't say this 100 percent of the time -- I thought the league got this one exactly right, not only on the ice, but the [officials] down in New York," Brickley said. "I thought the referee made the right call, and it was an interference call against Chara. "Based on the discretion of the officials and based on the degree of violence, they can deem that a major penalty, and if they do, then you automatically get a game misconduct. Not a match penalty, but a major penalty for interference. I think they got that right on the ice, and then I think that based on all the evidence, and based on careful consideration of the video and everybody's testimony, I thought they got the call right."