Everyone had time to cool off (hopefully) so I was just wondering if peoples opinions may have changed or not...was the hit intentional or accidental?
I thought I'd clear this up because the first few comments are picking both answers so here it is:
He wanted to hit him and he accidentally injured him by driving him into the stanchion
He wanted to hit him and intentionally injured him by driving him into the stanchion
Random fact: Chara and Pacioretty did have issues in prior games leading up to the one where Pacioretty got injured
Accidental in the sense that Chara didn't mean to break vertebrae in Pacioretty's neck and cause him to sit out. Intentional in that there's no way Chara didn't know what he was doing/where he was on the ice.