Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been fined $5,000 by the National Hockey League's Department of Players Safety for Cross-checking Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher. Yes, cross-checking is a dangerous play, but if you watch the video, you will see that Gallagher totally sold the hit and embellished. Gallagher was cross-checked, but he's not innocent in this event.
Zdeno Chara fined $5,000 for this cross-check on Brendan Gallagher. Fair punishment? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/YmG6i4uAFZ— Gino Hard (@Ginohard_) February 13, 2020
Here's the video of the incident in question, again, if Chara had actually caught him in the throat and not the shoulder area, Gallagher would've been carried off of the ice on a stretcher. Keep in mind that Chara is one of the strongest players in the NHL.There was absolutely no contact between Charas stick and baby Gallys throat if there were he’d be in the hospital. Look at the pic and prove me wrong pic.twitter.com/lNxrJr9RaW— bruce s (@bruceskelhorne) February 13, 2020
I've seen suggestions that since Nazem Kadri was suspended for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk, Chara should also be suspended by the NHL. First, Kadri is a repeat offender, Chara isn't. Also, this nowhere near the same type of hit.