Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during Game One of the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in Boston on Wednesday, May 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 10:03 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
First of all, the hit wasnt nearly as vicious as other elbows Ive seen. It wasnt exactly done with intent to injure either. Andrew Ference was playing balls to the walls and when you play like that, this kind of stuff happens.
And its not like it really matters. The Bruins are playing the Maple Leafs for Christ's sake. This just means Dougie Hamilton will get a chance to play in these scrimmages that the Maple Leafs think are playoffs games.