WILMINGTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara sat calmly at his locker, concerned more about beating the Montreal Canadiens in the tight division race than getting beat up by them.

Tonight’s rematch comes 16 days after Max Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fractured vertebra after a hard check by Chara knocked him into a padded stanchion supporting a glass partition between the teams’ benches.

Might the Canadiens seek retribution on the ice?

“I don’t know,” Chara said after practice Wednesday. “We’ll see.”

Montreal’s Ryan White thinks his team has more important business to handle. Boston leads the Northeast Division with 90 points with 10 games left. Montreal is second with 87 and eight games remaining. There’s a decent chance they’ll meet in the first round of the playoffs.

“We need two points,” White said. “We’re not going to go in there and try and do anything stupid and get him back or anything like that. If you ask (Pacioretty), I think the biggest thing right now is for us to win. We’ve given ourselves an opportunity to catch these guys.”

Chara is focusing on stopping a team that is 4-1 against Boston this season.

“We all know it’s a big game for both teams,” he said.

Pacioretty will be able to resume training with contact by early or mid-April, according to Coach Jacques Martin. And there’s a chance he’ll be back during the playoffs after early fears that the injury might be more serious.

“(Chara) can take care of himself,” Boston’s Milan Lucic said, “so if they want to go after him, good luck.”

NOTES: The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled left wing Maksim Mayorov from Springfield in the AHL. … The Los Angeles Kings recalled right wing Oscar Moller from Manchester of the AHL.


CANUCKS 2, RED WINGS 1: Daniel Sedin scored twice and Roberto Luongo made 39 saves, leading Vancouver to a win at Detroit.

BLACKHAWKS 4, PANTHERS 0: Corey Crawford made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season, and Brent Seabrook and Patrick Kane had a goal and assist each to lead Chicago at home.

DUCKS 4, STARS 3: Teemu Selanne scored the tying goal with 5.4 seconds left in regulation and Cam Fowler netted the winner 1:42 into overtime to give Anaheim a win at Dallas.