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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: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 7:33 am

Ference nets two assists, delivers blindside hit

Ference was standing still..  Halpern skated into him.  Yes, Ference leaned to the right a bit, but it was never a hit...  Halpern was back on the ice 5 minutes later...  I'm not saying that Halpern dove..  There was obvious contact and I'll guess that because it was unexpected, it stung for a minute.  Calling it a blindside hit is wrong!!

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 5:30 am

Ference nets two assists, delivers blindside hit

Gionta and Gomez are hard nosed players who came up from the NJ Devils farm system, not the Montreal's farm system, who must teach their young players to flop.  They had a camera on Suppan falling to the ice for no reason as a Bruin player skated away, as he attempted to draw a penalty.  Bergeron said he couldn't feel his stick hit Wisniewski, and the play gives no indication that he did, just a jerking of Wisniewski's head back, and an attempt to scratch his own face to draw blood.  It's always the same strategy for Montreal, in a tight game, start diving.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:58 am

Ference nets two assists, delivers blindside hit

Why don't you give some credit to the Canadiens for giving the Bruins a hell of a fight, instead of talking about diving and flopping. The Boston media has all of you brainwashed. The player who would take dives was Max Lapierre and he's long gone. How can you call the high stick on Wisniewski a phantom call and an acting job? Bergeron clipped him with the stick. It's a penalty ten times out of ten. Halpern does not take dives or embellish hits. Gionta is as hard nosed as they come and does not dive. You can talk all you want about Subban, but he played incredible this series, and didn't do any of the stuff he's "famous" for. You guys can hate him all you want. I wouldn't trade him for any player on the Bruins.

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:45 am

Ference nets two assists, delivers blindside hit

You got to be kidding?  Halpern was skating away from the play to within inches of Ferrence, who held his ground.  It looks as if Halpern wasn't even paying attention to how close he actually was to Ferrence.  Unfortunate result, but Ferrence didn't initiate it.  What is worst is  all the embellishing and diving the Canadians do during tight games.  Who can blame the refs for not calling incidents like this, when the Habs are constently flopping.  If the Canadian had won this game, there would have been controversal talk for a long time about that "phantom", well acted, high sticking penalty that lead to the tying goal.

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