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Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:08 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 10:41 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

The Boston Bruins are a physical team. An extremely physical team. It's what they do, and it's a large part of why they won the Stanley Cup last season (Tim Thomas had a lot to do with it, too, of course) and why they've been one of best teams, if not the best team, in the NHL over the first half of this season.

Sometimes, however, they can take it a bit too far, as was the case in overtime of their 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday, a game that did not fail to live up to the expectations that existed heading into it.

Just a little over a minute into the extra period, with the game even at two, Boston's Andrew Ference was guilty of a costly charging penalty when he sent Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh flying face-first into the boards.

This is the play that resulted in a five-minute major penalty, as well as a game misconduct, and will most likely earn a second look from the NHL  with the possibility for some supplemental discipline:



Said Rangers coach John Tortorella after the game: "One of the most dangerous hits I've seen in a while. It's an easy call to make"

Not only did it leave the Bruins shorthanded for the remainder of the overtime period, and without the services of Ference, it also led to the game-winning goal off the stick of Rangers sniper Marian Gaborik with just three seconds remaining in overtime.

It was Gaborik's second tally of the game and his 25th of the season, moving him into a three-way tie (along with Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel) for third place in the goal-scoring race.

Now we wait to see how many (if any) games Ference has to sit for the Bruins.

Update: Ference is scheduled to have a phone hearing on Sunday, meaning that if he is suspended it will be no more than five games.

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Comments

Since: Feb 14, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:38 am
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Even if what you said was true (which its not), after that Ference plasters Mcdanagh into the glass 5 feet from the glass from behind.  Those are hits the league wants out of hockey. 

Was just a stuipd decision by Ference. 




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Ference got 3 games.  He's lucky McDonough (relation to McDonald?) wasn't injured.   So much for the pile of garbage NESN used to justify what happened with that hit about losing balance and angling.    Edwards should go away.    Anyway, I feel bad for Bruin fans that were led astray on how to interpret the hit by the broadcast booth.   I don't think Ference will make that mistake again, lucky for Boston, the suspension is short.



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Who's McDonald?



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Ference barely touched him. McDonald put himself in that position when he moved left to shield the puck away from a speeding Ference. Is it a penalty? Yes. McDonald took one for the team to draw that penalty. There was nothing going to stop Ference from touching McDonald when he moved left. It wasn't a cheap shot! It was a good play by McDonald.




Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:00 pm
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

First I agree with the on ice call. But watch the video again in regard of the issues of intent and "cheep shot". Ference is dumping and chasing the puck. Just before contact, Ference moves to his right at the same time as McDonagh moves to his left to shield Ference from the puck. McDonagh loses control of his right skate as his foot begins to wobble while trying to set his edges. Ference reads it as McDonagh is going to poke the puck around behind the net and is surprised McDonagh is right in front of him. No intent to injure whatsoever. Ference will get two games for bringing that much momentum into the boards and being reckless. Prost's hit on Chara certainly had more intent, though Prost came in slower, had more time to think about it, and had Chara's numbers staring him in the face. Prost gets the appropriate two minutes and Ference gets the appropriate five and Game.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:45 am
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

OK - I've read a few comments ( both FOR and AGAINST this Play being a "CHEAP-SHOT" ? )  NO - It was NOT a CHEAP SHOT ( he "barely touched him" ) and YES - Ference could have "let him go" - without nudging him ...... ie: PENALTY was warranted and justified - and it cost the BRUINZ a Point, and a chance to pull even with NY in the standings ... But I don't think this should get more than a 1 Game Suspension ( if at all ) * It is UNFORTUNATE, and you pray that the RANGER dude will be OK - but this was NOT a CHEAP-SHOT (if you understand, and know the true meaning of the term ! )   * PEACE OUT *




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:39 am
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Jack Edwards and his ridiculous explanation make me want to throw up.   I feel bad for Bruin fans that took his interpretation of the hit as legitimate.



Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:09 am
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Barely touched him? I need some of what you're smokin. Another cheap shot by another p**** Bruin player. Good game, I felt Rangers were outplayed, but they found a way to win.



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:59 am
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

johnnyplec your an idiot.. if you think that was an intentional hit then your a complete moron. Ference was moving and whatever his name is was completely off balance Ference barely touched him and he certainly didn't follow through on the hit what so ever. Very unfortunate play and I hope the guy is okay but this was no CHEAP SHOT what so ever...



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 2:54 am
 

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

"McDonagh lost his edge and fell"....That is pretty funny! Yeah exactly, he fell face first into the boards after he lost his edge, after Ference drop his right shoulder and forearm into his back and Rammed him a split second from the boards. LOL I never fail to find a good laugh from fans comments. I hope Ference enjoys his vacation. 5 games off coming up.


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