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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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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:42 am

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

That play in real time is really hard to adjust in. Both players had speed into the boards and unfortunately McDonagh lost his edge and fell. Hopefully he isnt hurt too bad. Looks like a shoulder and not a concussion which seems to be the flavor of the month. I reall don't see Ference as a dirty player. He has a total of 17 (counting this one) major penalties in an 11 year career. Thats not really the blue print of a dirty player.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:25 pm

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Ference had little time to react after McDonagh cut back in front of him to take a better angle on the puck and couldn't set the edge of his right skate. Ference was skating in a line towards the puck, moved slightly right at the same time McDonagh moved slightly left. 

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:40 pm

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

This is the same Andrew Ferrence that called out his teamate Daniel Paille for a cheap shot on Ray Sawada last year. What a stupid move by Ferrence, it cost his team the game. Really weak play, perhaps one day Ferrence will find himself on the receiving end of a cheap shot like that. What goes around comes around, eh?

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 8:11 pm

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Funny thing though all these so called cheap shots would have been legal hits just 5 years ago , hockey players have become pussies since the glory days of the NHL in the 70's and 80's

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:36 pm

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

Ference is another "cheap shot artist" and he belongs on my team with Subban!

Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:27 pm

Ference charging penalty proves costly for Bruins

All you fuking chumps are pointing fingers at PK Subban and not one of you douchebags have commented or said anything on this other ''battering ram'' cheap shot from the cheap-shot-artists of the league Bruins? What do these a-holes have to break a couple more vertabraes, like last season with Max Pacioretty and a few games later with Mason Raymond for the ''experts'' on here to say something?

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