Good guy Max Pacioretty.
The former Montreal Canadiens’ captain did something very cool in a game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Los Angeles Kings on Sunday evening.
After reaching for a loose puck in the air and colliding with Kings’ forward Blake Lizotte in the offensive zone, Pacioretty quickly put his arm under Lizzotte’s head to prevent a potential head injury as they fell to the ice.
Max Pacioretty prevents a potential head injury for Blaze Lizotte by quickly putting his arm under Lizotte's head after they collided 👏 pic.twitter.com/IMx3PUovHr
— Gino Hard (@Ginohard_) March 2, 2020
It’s a veteran move from the 31-year-old Pacioretty, who is no stranger to scary-looking collisions. The former Hab had his 2010-11 season cut short after he was shoved into a stanchion by Boston Bruins’ blueliner Zdeno Chara and broke his vertebrae.
Being around the game for this long and experiencing a very-scary incident himself, Pacioretty was likely well-aware that a devastating head injury could have occurred on this particular sequence.
The move by Pacioretty on Sunday earned the praise of many prominent voices in the hockey world, who took to Twitter to pay respect to Pacioretty protecting a fellow player in the sport. All too often in hockey we see stories about players viciously attacking each other and/or not showing any respect to one another on the ice.
Saw this on TV last night and was floored: Vegas' Max Pacioretty realizes Los Angeles' Blake Lizotte's about to bang his head on the ice when both become tangled, then instinctively wraps his glove behind Lizotte's head to protect him. … Hockey rules.pic.twitter.com/XBAq9hQNLu
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) March 3, 2020
This is what we call “dad strength” https://t.co/XfHZ86qDP6
— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) March 3, 2020
This is who Max Pacioretty is for anyone who wanted to know. https://t.co/dWXJj86Gv2
— Brian Wilde (@BWildeGlobal) March 2, 2020
That is damned exceptional https://t.co/s1sCNJbMO5
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) March 3, 2020
This is just another highlight for Pacioretty in Vegas. In his second season with the Golden Knights, Pacioretty is on pace for the best offensive season of his NHL career with 30 goals and 63 points through 67 games.
Pacioretty doesn’t have the type of offensive numbers that could land him the Hart Trophy conversation, but his incredible save on Blake Lizotte is the type of play that could put him in the Lady Byng conservation.