Almost immediately, according to the Canadian Press story, calls to the Montreal police dispatch demanded that something be done with Chara criminally while urging an investigation.
Police say their emergency call centre started getting flooded around 4 p.m. -- after the NHL announced its decision. A spokesman said police suspected the calls were inspired by a local media outlet that suggested the idea. The police spokesman described the gesture as "irresponsible" -- and he urged Montrealers to keep the emergency line free for actual life-and-death matters.In the heat of the matter, I could understand why Montreal fans would be so enraged by this. But clogging up the phone lines could have cost the police crucial time in preventing an actual crime.
"Someone in the media has been telling people to call the police to complain," said Sgt. Ian Lafreniere of the Montreal police. "This shows a serious lack of responsibility."But the real crime is still the broken body of Pacioretty who could lose his career after what is most certainly going to be a long recovery. The sobering moment when a player is carted off on a gurney makes players, pundits, fans, and league officials meditate on something that is deeply embedded within the escalating violence.
[Via: Rogers Sportsnet and National Post ]