According to TSN’s
Darren Dreger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli formally
submitted a request in order to have Zdeno Chara’s instigator penalty
rescinded, so that the Bruins’s captain would avoid suspension for Game
Chara was not involved in any in-game incident
prior to his retaliation
which under Rule 47.22 provides the criteria for Colin Campbell, the
NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, to lift the automatic suspension
which coincides with this penalty.
This isn’t without
precedent in the NHL, as the league rescinded an instigator penalty to
Evgeni Malkin in last year’s playoffs as well.
Harrington of the Buffalo News asks if the league would have made
the same decision had a lesser player been penalized, such as Patrick
Kaleta or Cody McCormick. What if Shawn Thornton for the Bruins was the
one with the instigator?
As always in decisions like these, the
NHL weighs in a player’s prior performance, reputation and the severity
of the incident. The problem is that cameras failed, somehow, to catch
the start of the scrum so it’s tough for me to say if this incident was
severe enough to question the NHL’s decision. The on ice officials, with
nine players involved, somehow felt that Chara deserved to be singled
out and has to at least be a bit significant.