Zitat Max Pacioretty says he no longer has any ill will toward Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for an injury that ended his season on March 8.
The Montreal Canadiens left winger spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since he suffered a concussion and a fractured vertebrae when he slammed into a stanchion at the Bell Centre after a hit from the six-foot-nine Boston defenceman.
"I think he regrets what he did and I forgive him because he definitely made an effort to contact me and go out of his way to tell me how he felt," said Pacioretty. "I respect him for that." [...]
That morning, [Pacioretty ] received clearance from team doctors to resume practice with contact for the neck injury. On Tuesday, doctors had cleared him of concussion symptoms. [...]
"There's so much that's gone on in the last two months, things said. A lot of people who have said stuff wish they could take it back, myself included," he said. "You let the emotion get the best of you some times.
"It's a good rivalry between us and Boston and hopefully it continues next year."