May 2, 2013
Bruins's Ference suspended one game for elbow on Leafs' Grabovski
By TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency
BOSTON - Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski.
The NHL announced the suspension on Thursday night.
There was no penalty call on the play in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal on Wednesday, when Ference made contact with Grabovski in the corner to the right of goalie Tuukka Rask. Grabovski was not hurt and stayed in the game.
Ference, who was third among Bruins defencemen in ice time in Game 1 with 19 minutes 36 seconds, will miss Game 2 on Saturday.
"We have got lots of guys who could provide us with depth back there," Bruins coach Claude Julien said on Thursday before the suspension was announced.
"The league looks at those things. That job doesn't belong to me so I will leave it at that. I do have my view on it, but certainly not a view I should be sharing."
Said Grabovski: "I just remember a very hard hit on my head. I donít know anymore than you do."
The video showed Ference lunged at Grabovski and made the forward's head the principal point of contact. Ference's only previous NHL suspension was in January 2012 for three games for a boarding incident.
Expect one of Dougie Hamilton or Aaron Johnson to replace Ference on Saturday. Thereís a chance Matt Bartkowski could be recalled from Providence of the American Hockey League.