Bruins' Andrew Ference suspended 1 game for illegal check to head
Boston Bruins forward Andrew Ference has been suspended one game for a check to the head of Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.
The NHL announced on Thursday evening that Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski on Wednesday night.
He will miss Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Saturday.
The incident occurred during the first period of the Bruins' 4-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Ference was not penalized for the hit during the game.
In the league-released video explaining the suspension (shown above), Brendan Shanahan pointed out that Ference "lunged" at Grabovski, extending his left arm and shoulder and making the head the principle point of contact. Shanahan said that some body contact is permissible in that situation, but that Ference can not make the decision to make the head the point of contact.
In the eyes of the league, the onus is on Ference to avoid this forceful contact with the head or "at the very least hit Grabovski straight through the body."
Ference's only other suspension in the NHL came in January 2012 when he was suspended for boarding.
Series schedules, results and updates from the second round of the Stanley Cup race
New Jersey claims No. 1 draft pick after having an 8.5 percent chance of earning the top s...
Ottawa takes a 2-0 lead over New York, and Pittsburgh does the same against Washington
St. Louis connected on one of five power plays to tie the series while Anaheim loses again...
Ottawa's defense came up big in Game 1 to beat New York, and the Penguins beat the Capitals...
Subban had three points in Nashville's 4-3 win over St. Louis in Game 1, while Edmonton dropped...