BOSTON — Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli confirmed today that after a morning hearing with the NHL office, defenseman Andrew Ference was not suspended for his hit on Montreal’s Jeff Halpern last night.
Halpern and Ference collided during the third period of Boston’s 4-3 overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Bruins and Habs at TD Garden.
Here’s another look at the play:
“When it first happened, I wasn’t [worried]. When I took a closer look at it — because I thought it was just incidental contact – when I took a closer look at it I could see where the league’s concerns lied,” said Chiarelli during a TD Garden press conference today. “But when you look at the whole play, we turned the puck over at our blue [line] and when that happens, the D are supposed to close off the rim around the wall. So he was moving that way, and what Andy said was that he just saw [Halpern] off his shoulder as he was moving. He was looking up because he saw the turnover. His motion and [Halpern’s] motion, they ran into each other.”
This was Ference’s second hearing with the league in a week. Last week, he was fined $2,500 for an obscene gesture he made after scoring a goal in Game 4.