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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
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

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:17 pm

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Speaking of acting skills, seems like most Bruins fans are acting like sore winners. Then again, I guess you're not use to winning considering Boston has only won 5 playoff series since 1993 (the last year your rivals won the cup). You won the series, move on, keep your head up, because you're about to get D by Philly.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:01 pm

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Halpern should have gotten a double minor 1 for interfernce and 1 for that insideous dive! Glad those cheaters are long gone.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:53 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

I am assuming that anyone in favor of a suspension for that hit was screaming for David Steckle's suspension for the hit on Crosby, because they were similar.... if not Steckle's being a little bit worse.

That said... neither of those hits looked like something that should warrant a suspension to me.   It might be closer to interference on one or the other, but even that would be a stretch.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:08 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Have fun golfing and diving in the pool Montreal!!!

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 11:06 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

I`m just glad those french diving canadians are going golfing!! that bs crap they were pulling was an embaressment to the NHL and the reffs need to wake up and call those penalties, unsportsmanlike everyone of them!!!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 9:44 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

What a BS article, notice how it is designed to make it look like the Bruins are playing dirty hockey and not only that they are getting away with it or being given special treatment.  The truth of the matter is, as is completely evident from the video, is that Ference did absolutely nothing wrong, he stood his ground and Halpern ran into him, no hit was delivered as stated in this lying biased article.  They also mention the Lucic hit on Spacek that resulted in a boarding major call which the writer bemoans as another case where the evil Bruins did not receive their just punishment from the league.  Of course the idiot writer fails to mention that Spacek saw the hit coming and in response turned his back to Lucic at the last moment to create a boarding penalty.  The injustice was not that Lucic did not receive a fine or suspension from the league, but that Lucic and his team received a penalty in the first place.  The only thing this article got right was Ference did give the fans the finger after scoring a goal, oh my God the horror, how is this guy allowed on the ice?  The upside of all this is the professional diving team, Montreal, is now out of the playoffs so the teams who are left can play hockety and if we're lucky this writers season is done too so he can either hit the golf course or go watch his paper soft Canadians start their diving season at the pool.

Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: April 29, 2011 8:04 am

Diving / Refs in the NHL

Does any one else think that players that take dives are a disgrace to hockey?  And why is it that some teams seem to get away with it more than others.  There were 2 or 3 bad dives/fakes by the Canadiens in game 7.  One of which cost them a goal because Hammerlik decided to stay on the ice acting.  One that caused a penalty resulting in a goal with less than 2 minutes in the game.  In contrast, late in the Penguins/Lightning game 7, Letang was called for a unsportsmanlike diving penalty (there was a roughing call on the other player so they were matching penalties).  Some teams get away with so much diving and others get called it seems randomly.  In the Bruins/ Canadiens game the refs put their whistles away until right at the very end on a phantom high sticking call against the team ahead by 1 goal and in the Pens/Lightning game there was a weak slashing call with a little more than 2:00 against the team that was ahead by 1.  If anyone has any good reason why calls like these are made in the last few minutes of tight game 7's let me know or is it the league just wanting the excitement of overtime in game 7's.  Luckily both team that were ahead won their respective games and the refs did not affect the overall outcome.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:56 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Oh...and a hit is when you skate toward a player and initiate contact.   Bracing yourself (even with a little extra) when they skate at you is not a hit.  The only reason it was blindside was that Halpern wasn't watching.  There was absolutely no reason for Halpern to in any way be skating toward Ference...he didn't have the puck.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 29, 2011 7:53 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit least get the facts wasn't a hit to the head.  Halpern ran into him.  He barely leaned into him.  If a guy either a) isn't going to pay attention and skate into a defensive player (initiating contact), or b) is going to try and make contact to draw a call, then he deserves the little lean in that Ference gave him.

No call on the ice and no was warranted.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 2:10 am

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

its really close bottom line is he didnt hit the guy by accident. The boston played knew he was unaware of him. The puck wasnt there and he aimed his shoulder to hit the jaw.

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