Boston's Chara has instigator penalty rescinded



Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The National Hockey League announced Saturday it has decided to rescind the instigator penalty against Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara for his actions at the end of the Buffalo Sabres' 4-1 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Friday.

Under NHL guidelines, any player receiving an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of a contest, receives an automatic one-game suspension, pending a league review.

Chara, in that instance, would have been forced to sit Game 6 of the series. He will, however, be able to play Monday when the Bruins host the Sabres with a chance to close out the best-of-seven set.

Things got chippy at the 20:00 mark of the third period when a scrum broke out along the right wing boards in the Sabres' defensive zone. Chara skated in and started throwing punches, which led to the Bruins' blueliner getting penalized for a fighting major, instigator and game misconduct.

After reviewing the incident, the NHL rescinded the suspension under Rule 47.22 which states "the suspension shall be served unless, upon review of the incident, the Director of Hockey Operations, at his discretion, deems the incident is not related to the score, previous incidents in the game or prior games, retaliatory in nature, 'message sending,' etc."

Buffalo's Paul Gaustad actually ignited the incident with a slash to the back of Chara's leg.

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