Max Pacioretty says he's sorry he delivered a hit to the head of Pittsburgh's Kris Letang with 3:14 remaining in regulation of Saturday's 4-3 overtime victory over the Canadiens which left the Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman bleeding heavily from a broken nose.

He also says he apologized to the player when Letang returned to the ice for the overtime.

Thankfully, what he didn't say was: "All I was doing was finishing my check. I didn't mean to hurt him." As you know, no penalty was assessed on the play, but a wrong decision was made right on Monday when NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan suspended Paciorietty for the games the Canadiens will play on their visit to Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles.