Report: Bruins’ Ference to have phone hearing over Halpern hit

Ference/By S. Bradley

BOSTON — Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is scheduled to have a phone hearing with the NHL Thursday at 11 a.m. to discuss his hit on Montreal’s Jeff Halpern, according to the Twitter feed of TSN report Bob McKenzie.

Ference and Halpern collided and Ference’s shoulder might’ve made contact with Halpern’s head in the third period of tonight’s 4-3 Bruins overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the two rivals at the TD Garden.

Halpern went down in a heap and had to be helped off the ice. He returned later in the game.

Here’s a look at the hit:

This will be Ference’s second hearing of the playoffs, as he was fined $2,500 for his obscene gesture in Montreal after Game 4.

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