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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
Comments

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:19 am
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

The article headline must be from the Onion.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:09 am
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

What an embarassment to hockey.  There are two items that should be addressed:


1- The Montreal organization should be investigated by both the league and the NHLPA for not enforcing the safety precautions regarding head injuries.


2- The audio of Halpern crying out, "Why?  Why?  Why?" (a la Nancy Kerrigan) is conspicuously absent.

 

I'd like to add that Montreal would've won the series if they weren't foolish enough to attempt to "draw" penalties either due to their acting or their "hurt feelings" like a Novice/Mite youth player.  Wake up, and you'll see real men like Philly battling like tough SOB's.  They're my pick to come out of the Eastern Conference.






Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:07 am
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit




Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Subban may be a good player, but to say that he didn't act during this series is laughable. is the worst dive I have ever seen. Subban Trust Fall!



 






Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

DUMB TITLE Blindside hit the dumbass MON staker went right into him, he didnt even move, this is a BS article keep your head up and pay attention...



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Before we know it hockey players will be fighting on the ice!



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

and oh by the way i am the furthest thing from a bruins fan..that whole city is filled with a bunch of pussies



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:49 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

ference didn't even move...the guy skated into him and laid there like he was just hit by a truck.there's a place for divers..it's called a swimming pool...looks like montreal will have plenty of pool time now.



Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

Halpern, Suppan and hamrlick were an embarrassment to the game of hockey last light. They all took a flop dive.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:21 pm
 

Boston's Ference not suspended for blindside hit

"Oh my God!  A hockey player is skating towards me!  I better jump out of the way!"  ... That just doesn't sound like something anyone would do in a hockey game.


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