Chara apologizes to Gallagher after vicious cross-check to face

Ailish ForfarNHL Editor
Yahoo Sports Canada
Zdeno Chara was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Brendan Gallagher’s neck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Zdeno Chara was fined $5,000 for cross-checking Brendan Gallagher’s neck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The (sometimes) Friendly Giant, Zdeno Chara.

After landing a $5000 fine for a vicious cross-check to the throat of 5”9’ Brendan Gallagher one week ago, Chara apparently apologized to his Original 6 rival.

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The fiery sequence somehow earned both Chara and Gallagher coincidental minors on the play, Chara for cross-checking and Gallagher for roughing.

Chara was fined, but he avoided a suspension from the incident.

Regardless of the one-foot height difference that puts Gallagher’s throat in prime striking distance, it’s an extremely dirty play.

As we’ve seen this season, the NHL works in mysterious ways while handing out punishments. Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was fined $10,000, double the amount of Chara’s throat cross-check, for criticizing the officials following an overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

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