A "Goon Show" at the Garden Tonight? Bruins-Habs Rivalry Regular Season Finale

Andrew VayoContributor IMarch 24, 2011

MONTREAL, CANADA - MARCH 8:  Members of the Montreal Canadiens medical staff and players put Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens on a stretcher after being body checked by Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins (not pictured) during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on March 8, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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In case you didn't know, the last time these two rivals met, Zdeno Chara hit Max Pacioretty hard into a dangerous part of the Bell Centre ice in what was a pure hockey play.

Pacioretty lay motionless on the ice and the diagnosis was later announced that he suffered a "severe" concussion and fractured vertebra.

Meanwhile, Montreal's delusional fans deemed Chara a criminal and flooded the 9-1-1 lines crying murder when it was announced he would not be suspended. 

Here we stand over two weeks later with news of Pacioretty's miraculous recovery from his injury, what the Montreal Canadiens announced was a "severe" concussion, and the good chance that he'll be back for the first round of the playoffs.


This diagnosisexaggerated maybehas led to players like future Hall-Of-Famer Mark Recchi to also question if the Habs' culture of embellishment is reflected in this incident too.

"He does obviously have a fractured vertebra, but the concussion is obviously really a non-factor," said the Bruins' veteran winger on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Wednesday. "In maybe a day or two--maybe a day he felt it--but he was fine a couple days later. They were trying to get Zdeno suspended and they embellished it a little bit."

Those comments will no doubt light another spark under Pacioretty's teammates and could make things very interesting for tonight's game.

With all the hype leading up to this game, with people expecting this "goon show" and retribution from Montreal, it is unlikely anything of the sort will happen.

The Bruins and Habs are fighting for the Northeast Division, with the Bruins leading by three points with two games in hand.

The points mean too much and both teams will be looking to just beat the other up on the scoreboard.

Besides, who on the Canadiens is stupid enough to go after Chara?

Certainly nobody on the team stands a chance against the biggest player in NHL history in a fight, but we'll see.

Where they could strike is the same way they like to gain advantage in every other game: by flopping and flailing all over the ice.

We might see some Academy Award winning stuff tonight folks.

Therefore, the Bruins must stick to playing their game, stand behind Chara and now Recchi, and ignite their suffering offense.

Send the diving competitors and their whiny fans home crying some more.