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Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Posted on: April 27, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2011 7:58 pm
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Boston Bruins forward Andrew Ference --- who donned the black hat and was saddled with a a fine for his single-figured gesture earlier in the series --- added two assists and one questionable hit in his team's 4-3 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the first-round series on Wednesday.. 

With the puck well up ice about halfway through the third period, when replays showed that Ference delivered a hit to the head of Montreal center Jeff Halpern on the ice and forced a stoppage in play. (No penalty was called on the play.) Halpern was eventually helped off the ice and into the locker room with the assistance of Montreal’s trainer, but he did return. 

Ference had a hearing by phone with NHL officials on Thursday, but the league did not levy a suspension. 

"When it first happened I wasn't (worried about a suspension)," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said (via NESN). "I thought it was just incidental contact, but when I took a closer look at bit I could see where the league's concerns lie. But when you look at the whole play, we turned the puck over at our blue [line], and when that happens the D are supposed to close off the rim around the wall. 




Ference received a $2,500 fine for giving Montreal fans the finger after a goal last Thursday. The league also decided against disciplining teammate Milan Lucic for his hit on Montreal’s Jaroslav Spacek in Game 6 that drew a boarding major and a game misconduct. 

-- A.J. Perez
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Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 5:35 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

No surprise here. The NHL has already let a few questionable hits slide during these playoffs. I think the'll have trouble suspending anyone the rest of this post season after being much more lenient than in the regular season. Hopefully no injuries happen, but it should make for some intense hockey.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!! I CAN WATCH THAT " BLINDSIDE HIT " ALL DAY ! Your telling us that this was a " blide side hit " ? Are you blind in one eye and can't see out of the other one  Perez ? Tell me what game you was watching , and then maybe we can see where the blide side hit happened . It wasn't in that game , game 7 of the Bruins vs the Habs . No sir Bob . Maybe Halpern thought he was playing soccer , or " pro " wrestling , ( but come on ! even Hulkamania can act better then Halpern ! ) . Perez , Halpern had over half the ice to miss skating into Ference , but he tried to skate right into Ference , then dropped a used condom , as then didn't even needed help skating off the ice , and you have to say that it was a blind sided hit ? Either your on drugs or your on drugs AND blind Perez . So , which is it ? I really want to know .



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

1st, that was interference on Halpern.  Ference doesnt have the puck nor is he in the act of making a play on the puck.  the freaking puck is 25 feet away.  2nd that was diving on Halpern.    double minor penalty for interference and diving on montreal is the only thing that should have been called. 




Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

look at the sharks if you want to see a tam of divers. I agree it is embarissing.



Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:32 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Not a Bruins fan (thou I do like they way they are built!), but jesus all this suspension talk on every hit is getting out of control!!!...Halpern is COMPLETELY at fault for what happen, the asshole skated right into him and if Im Ference I AINT MOVING from my space!....My God someone make it stop and just play hockey!!



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

THEY DOVE ONE TOO MANY TIMES!!!  Daaaa Bruins beat the Montreal Candians!!!   Seriously, Aubbrey Halpern needs to take better acting classes.   First he LOOKS DIRECTLY AT Ferrence .. then he skates right into him trying to get the call.  The best part was when he layed in his COMA position till the whistly blew ... then looked up to see if anyone bought his ACT ... then he looks pissed cuz he has to go to the quiet room.  PATHETIC!   And the other DIVE by Hamerlick was just as funny seeing as it lead to a goal.  Tack on the 4 or 5 dives by Subban and the SOME Habs should be ASHAMED of themselves for even calling themselves hockey players.  I'll give credit to the OTHERS that didnt' dive like Cammaleri and Price was amazing (although he dove a couple of times as well).     




Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

How is a face to face collision considered an "blindside Hit"? This was quite simply Halpern's fault for not paying attention to what he was doing. Coaches all over North America in pee wee or Jr hockey leagues will be using this as an example for their players to PAY ATTENTION and focus on what they are doing when they are on the ice. I saw the play live and on the slow-mo replay. Yeah Ference stopped and at the last second truned his shoulder to brace for the impact, but that was because he was paying attention to what he was doing on the ice. Bottom line; Hockey is a man's game and physical intimidation was meant to be a part of it. Apparently this is something that A.J. Perez does not understand. Montreal did over do the the "diving" somewhat during this series and it would not surprise me to learn that they all play soccer during the summer where taking a dive seems to be the norm. Maybe the lesson to be learned here is that this aint basketball, if you've got somebody talking trash on the ice, sooner or later there will be a price to be paid for it.



Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

This was a dive. Halpern saw Ference, skated towards him and looks away at the last second knowing there would be contact. Ference leaned in to him slightly, but this was a total acting job. I saw at least four other instances of Montreal players taking dives in game 7 alone!



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