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The Bruins’ 2010-11 season was full of great memories. However, there was also one moment involving the Bruins that caused quite the stir throughout the NHL.
On March 8, when Zdeno Chara leveled Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, there was a great deal of debate as to whether Chara should be punished by the league. Eventually it was determined that Chara would not be suspended, which further enraged Montreal fans.
Chara has said that it was not his intention to hurt Pacioretty, who left the game on a stretcher, but he remains the subject of a police investigation in Montreal. It was an unfortunate event, certainly, but it undoubtedly further increased the hatred between the two teams.