In thinking about the play leading to the unfortunate injury, I came to the conclusion that it's the player's own responsibility to know where he is on the ice. He knows a defender will likely hit him if given the chance, so for the same reason a player doesn't skate 20 miles an hour into the end boards, a player should also exercise caution in the area of the stanchions. Pacioretty skated literally at full speed in that dangerous area. Even if he tripped on his own he could have been injured. Would he have skated that fast into the end boards? And every hockey player, through many years of experience, knows where the stanchions are and how they do not give an inch when collided against. Perhaps Pacioretty was more intent on running up the score than watching out for his own safety. Well fans, you don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the Lone Ranger, and you don't mess around with Z