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Bruins don’t make a big deal out of Ference suspension

Jan 23, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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When Boston’s Brad Marchand was suspended five games for clipping Sami Salo, the Bruins openly voiced their displeasure with the league’s ruling – criticism the NHL probably wasn’t thrilled to receive in the wake of such a high-profile game.

Which brings us to yesterday, when Andrew Ference was suspended three games for running Ryan McDonagh into the end boards. Oddly enough, the club was a little more reserved in its appraisal of the decision.

Weird, right?

Yeah, probably not.

“You respect what [the NHL] is trying to do and you move on,” said coach Claude Julien about the Ference ruling.

Ference, meanwhile, offered a similar response, as reported by

“At the end of the day it’s [Shanahan’s] call and you just deal with it,” Ference said. “I gave my full opinion with him. I was going extremely fast trying to win a race to the puck. Once I realized that the race to the puck was lost, I changed course and tried to create a pin situation where you can battle for the puck. But at the initial contact of the pin he loses his balance to the extreme and goes in pretty hard.”

OK, so maybe the Bruins felt they had more reason to question the Marchand suspension – especially one that involved the “propaganda”-spewing Canucks – but it’s clear the Bruins want to downplay the Ference suspension, even if they disagree with it.

And the NHL probably appreciates that.

  1. madtolive5 - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    I think the b’s are getting bad reputation when in fact they were more pissed at Vanny for their actions and crying. This has always been the company line on suspensions, the marchard episode was the exception.

    • xxshookonexx - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Agreed, and you only heard more than necessary about the Lucic suspension (hit on Miller) because Ruff couldn’t shut up about it.

      • habsman - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        Lucic suspension for hit on Miller? Did I miss that one? How many games did he get?

        Please advise Bruin fans.

    • loinstache - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Pretty sure the new company line from the Bruins (fans) is “defer back to Vancouver.”

      • madtolive5 - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Don’t know how that make any sense there loinstache…but cool

  2. imleftcoast - Jan 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Is Tim Thomas not going to the White House today? There are reports that he’s not there.

  3. redrew - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Thomas is not a socialist. The Canadian members the Bruins were used to being amongst their socialist peers

    • habsman - Jan 23, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      redrew, and other alias’

      The party in power in Canada is as conservative, if not more conservative, than your GOP.

      Should check your facts first.

  4. loinstache - Jan 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Habsman are you serious? Our Conservative majority is as right (or more) than the GOP? Normally I don’t like to comment on your exaggerations but buddy there are enough Canadians on this blog to know that’s hilariously wrong.

    And this is coming from someone who voted NDP!

    • habsman - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      Please get a grip,

      The blogger above (idiot redrew/drewsylvania) suggested that Canadians were used to being under their socialist peers. Surely your not saying our govenrment is more socialist than conservative?

      Do you know the leanings of the GOP (Republicans)? Very much the same as our Tory’s.

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