May 2, 2013
Bruins' Ference may miss Game 2 for Leafs' Grabovski hit
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

Mikhail Grabovski carries the puck in front of Brad Marchand in Game One of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Monday. (AFP/Getty Images)

The aggressive approach the Bruins took in beating the Maple Leafs 4-1 in Game 1 could cost them a key defenceman for Game 2.

Andrew Ference has been called to a phone hearing Thursday afternoon for an elbow he directed at Toronto centre Mikhail Grabovski. It is a little surprising, given Grabovski was not injured, no penalty was called on the play and both coaches shrugged it off afterwards as part of playoff intensity.

“It’s a rough game, you’re allowed to hit people,” Randy Carlyle said.

Boston’s Claude Julien insisted he had not seen it. Ference didn’t quite lead with his elbow, but did raise his arm as he crossed paths with Grabovski. Boston’s Brad Marchand complained later he’d been speared by Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk “in the privates”, but no penalty was assessed on the Leaf.



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