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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Line change: the NHL's response to Zdeno Chara

There has been a fair amount of chatter on the blog about the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty in Montreal the other night, much of it focused on whether Chara is a dirty player or not. Putting that aside for a moment, we're wondering whether fans think some of the criticism being directed against the league itself -- by the Canadian prime minister, Air Canada, the NHL players association, among others -- is justified.

Commissioner Gary Bettman defended the game's response to the Chara hit this way:

"It was a horrific injury, we're sorry that it happened in our fast-paced, physical game, but I don't think whether or not supplemental discipline was imposed would change what happened and, in fact, the people in the game who I have heard from, almost to a person ... believe that it was handled appropriately."

Agree? Disagree?

Paul Chiasson AP

By Washington Post Sports  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/11/2011

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