Pacioretty was down and unconscious for some time before he was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Early reports from the Canadiens are that Pacioretty is conscious and able to move all of his extremities, which is excellent news.
Update: Per Darren Dreger the news on Pacioretty is not good.
According to Habs, Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and fractured 4th cervical vertebra.Here is the video of the hit:
As for the hit itself it is definitely late and Chara was assessed a 5-minute major penalty for interference, as well as a game misconduct on the play. The question now is what kind of punishment Chara will get from the league. There does appear to be malicious intent on Chara’s part, but the severity of the result will certainly be factored into any decision that the league makes.
What do you think the league should do with Chara?