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Andrew Ference suspended for three games

Jan 22, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

Andrew Ference Getty Images

With the Bruins set to take on the Flyers this afternoon, the NHL had to rule on whether or not Andrew Ference would be eligible to play or not. Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed before today’s game that Ference has been suspended by the league.

“You respect what [the NHL] is trying to go and you move on,” said Julien.

The length of Ference’s suspension is unknown, however, and the Bruins are awaiting word on just how many more games he’ll miss thanks to his reckless hit on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh during the Bruins’ 3-2 overtime loss yesterday.

French-Canadian sports network RDS reports that Ference will sit for three games, but Brendan Shanahan’s decision is the only one that matters. We’ll update you on that once Shanahan’s decision and video when that comes down.

Update: It’s official, make it three games for Ference.

  1. salmon90 - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Guys guy guys..

    Ference didn’t mean to run anybody……just like he didn’t finger the Habs fans….and like Lucic didn’t mean to run Miller….and like Marchand was just protecting himself…..and like Thornton fought three guys in one period….and like Pacioretty is faking his concussion……..Why doesn’t anyone believe us anymore?!

    • Ralphie - Jan 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Probably because you’re a whining, emotionality distraught Canucks fan. Let it go; 7 months is way too long to still be wearing that tampon.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 22, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        Bruins fans are the douchebag whiners. All season long whining and excuses. Everyone, including the league, is sick of your crap.

      • salmon90 - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM

        I feel bad Ralphie. I didn’t know you were just a kid.

        Everything I listed is paraphrased from things the Bruins have said. Funny you took that as whining.

      • Ralphie - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:59 AM

        Salmonella, don’t feel bad for me, we hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. We’re doing just fine. ;-)

        Left Nut, all that whining has become the favorite past time of Canuck fans. The Habs invented it – but you’re just taking it to another level. You lost (actually, choked badly), just deal with it.

  2. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    only 3?

    needed more, shanaban’s got to throw the book harder at the bruins or else there never gonna learn to play clean and SMART hockey.

  3. vanfoodman - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    The NHL has got to raise the minimum suspension for hits like these. Regardless of the offenders past, ten games has got to be the baseline from which to escalate. This type of wreckless behaviour must be eliminated from the game before someone is seriously injured or worse. The only way to do that is to make the punishment supremely impactful not just to the player but to the team that employs them. Maybe it’s time to consider removing not only the player for the length of the suspension but the roster spot.

  4. stakex - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    This is a solid call by Shanahan. I don’t care what Boston fans try to say about this hit, or Ference’s intent… the fact is he threw a check to the back of a vulnerable player and it resulted in injury. Stupidity or ignorance is not an excuse for something like this, and while three games is on the low end of what you might expect for this hit, its def in the ball park.

  5. dgrindsports - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Boy Shanny is really quick to pull the trigger. I mean, can we please get a NHL PA rep in there .. ?
    Really, you probably want to check this one out. There’s badass, and then there’s David Backes.
    Google: Daily Grind Sports

  6. nolesshabitual - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    say what you want, but if you watch the video Shanahan says he believes Ference’s assertion of no malicious intent. An unfortunate incident, much like Pacioretty, but once again no intent, just bad timing.

  7. arbruins - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Looks like Ference put a target on his back and chased him down with reckless intent….you Bruins haters are looking for anything to bitch about and look like bigger fools for doing so. Have any of you people ever played the sport?

  8. arbruins - Jan 22, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    We are not whining, we are just sick of listening to you haters whining. Shut up and watch the game…Shanahan will take care of the questionable play.

  9. habsman - Jan 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Dirty, gutless, cheap shot, sucker punching team.

    They got away with all last year because of Greg Campbell’s Daddy Colie. Getting more and more difficult to “spin” these cowardly incidents isn’t it Bruin fans.

    The entire league is on to you now. You won’t be able to get away with this crap anymore.

    • micasa81 - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      Habsman, your posts are really tiresome. I hate the Bruins too, but I’m starting to skim past when I see your handle – never anything new.

      • habsman - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        Looks like you got the right idea. If you don’t like them, don’t read them.

  10. drewsylvania - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Collection of hypocrites all.

  11. arbruins - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:32 AM

    Well habsman…you said what everyone thought you would say. You need some new material. Can you come up with something a little more relevant?

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