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NHL suspends Andrew Ference one game

May 2, 2013, 6:39 PM EST

The Boston Bruins dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1 of their first-round series, but they’ll need to win Game 2 without Andrew Ference.

The 34-year-old defenseman received a one-game suspension for elbowing Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski. Watch the video explanation below, which features Brendan Shanahan’s assessment (including “recklessly targeting the head”).

Since the playoffs have begun, Ference won’t lose a game check.

Leafs-Bruins Game 2 takes place at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. CNBC is carrying the game.

  1. packerswin96 - May 2, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Once again Shanny is a joke, should have been 4 games minimum.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      You didn’t seriously think a player is getting 4 play-off games for that did you? Really?

    • tru2joelu4eva - May 2, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      I agree. Maybe when someone finally kills Crosby the league will take suspensions seriously enough that they’ll actually be effective. What a joke….

  2. thesableo - May 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    One playoff game is worth a few regular season games, suspension-wise. This hit was worth 2-3 regular season games, so one playoff game seems about right.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      This^
      How people could expect 4 games is beyond me

  3. sharksman - May 2, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    I would have said 2 playoff games and either way it doesn’t look like it would make a difference in the series….

  4. mpg44 - May 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    How about some for not punishment for the refferees that completely missed it.

    • mpg44 - May 2, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Form of , not for not . I swear these phones are not smart at all.

  5. nobandwagoners - May 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I’m not commenting one way or the other re: the length of the suspension to Ference per se – this isn’t a “I hate Boston” or “I love Boston” bias post, but if the league were serious about suspensions and handing out suspensions to punish and deter behaviour, it wouldn’t, or maybe shouldn’t, matter if it’s a playoff game or not. Sure, it means more to the team in the playoffs if the player is suspended but – guess what? – that’s what you get for doing something that calls for a suspension at the most important time of the year (and most likely involves endangering and/or injuring another player).

  6. nunan - May 2, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    So, I was 1 for 2 today. Reasoner no suspension, Ference one game.

  7. govtminion - May 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I’m ok with this. I like Ference, but that was a nasty elbow. One game is about right, considering it’s the playoffs. I guess they’ll just have to put Hamilton back in the lineup now and go from there.

  8. dropthepuckeh - May 2, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Didn’t warrant a suspension in my biased mind but excited for Saturday to see Dougie Hamilton score a goal assisted by Seguin while Kessel sulks on the bench. Thank you.

  9. sabatimus - May 2, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I wonder what will become of Gryba/Eller. Gryba didn’t appear to hit Eller in the head at all (after I watched slow replay about 15 times), but Eller definitely smashed his face into the ice when he landed. Probably broke his nose and concussed himself.

  10. bman7206 - May 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Haha listen to these idiots calling for FOUR games! Total buffoons.

  11. valoisvipers - May 2, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Just why is a playoff game worth more in suspension time than any other time. Do the crime then do the time. Should have been 2 games because it was an intentional elbow.

  12. dt58 - May 2, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    With all the talk of head shots and concussions these days I thought it’d be 2 games as well. Don’t think he meant to injure but he did bring his elbow up.

  13. atteckus - May 3, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    I agree with the punishment but not the decision grounds. Ference was bracing for a hit and Grabovski’s head was low. There was clearly no intent on Ference’s part to hit him in the head. THIS WAS ENTIRELY A DEFENSIVE MANUEVER AND IT WAS NOT RECKLESS. That said, Ference needs to keep his arm down, was negligent and is culpable for it coming in contact with the opposing player above the chin. One game suspension is appropriate result.

  14. titansbro - May 3, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Seems about right to me. Would’ve been fine with 2. Plus I want to see Dougie out there.

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