Chara/By S. Bradley

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is still the subject of a criminal investigation in Montreal stemming from his hit on Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty March 8 at the Bell Centre.

Sgt. Ian Lafrenière confirmed on the Felger and Mazz radio show on 98.5 The Sports Hub this afternoon that at the urging of the provincial government the Montreal police are still investigating whether Chara committed a crime and the there will be a “long investigation.”

But it’s highly unlikely that Chara will be questioned during the upcoming Boston-Montreal playoff series, which starts Thursday and shifts to Montreal next week.

Lafrenière said the investigation would be long because it takes time to get in touch with all potential witnesses, including Montreal players that are also going to be competing in this series. He also said in an investigation like this, the suspect — in this case Chara — is the last one to be questioned. The police could still determine that there wasn’t even a crime committed.

While admitting that he’s not even a hockey fan, Lafrenière also made it clear that any misunderstanding between the police in the Bruins might stem from the time the Bruins went to Toronto for a game March 19 and thought they might be hassled at customs. Lafrenière told the Bruins they would not have a problem. He also said today that through the Bruins’ legal liaison in Montreal, he’s confident it will be easy to get in touch with any potential witnesses and that all parties will know in advance when or if they’re going to be questioned.