Five years ago, Pacioretty was carried off the Bell Center ice on a stretcher after being driven into the stanchion by Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. He went on to miss the rest of the regular season and was unable to play in the first round series against the Bruins (which Boston won).
“I couldn’t play,” Pacioretty said after Thursday’s game, per Sportsnet. “It was impossible to concentrate after that. Maybe even moreso than a lot of the other guys. Now I know how guys felt when it happened to me.”
Here’s the incident he’s referring to:
After the game, the Canadiens announced that Subban had suffered a neck injury and that he was being taken to hospital for further testing. The good news was he had normal movement in his extremities.