Andrew Ference earned himself a hearing Thursday afternoon with the NHL discipline office to discuss his elbow to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden Wednesday.
In addition to Ference’s blow, there were several hits and plays that edged close to the line during the Bruins’ 4-1 win.
One such play was Colton Orr’s cross check to the back of Johnny Boychuk, who then crashed into the glass and went down. Orr was given a minor penalty for the hit that came after a clean hit by Boychuk on Grabovski.
Orr didn’t have a hearing with the league, and Boychuk had no problem with that.
“Oh no, that’s fine. That’s OK,” said Boychuk Thursday on the Bruins’ off day. “You have to be ready for it. It’s totally fine. It’s his job to protect his players and I don’t think he should’ve been disciplined at all.”
Maybe the best revenge for the Bruins was winning Game 1. And they’ll try to keep it going in Game 2 Saturday back at the Garden.
Boychuk’s physical presence was just one way he contributed to the Bruins’ victory. He also helped keep the Maple Leafs off the scoreboard at even strength, and he scored a goal to match his total for the entire regular season in that department. As Boychuk told me Thursday, he actually predicted he was going to score.
If Boychuk can duplicate his shot from Game 1, he might even exceed his regular-season goal total in this playoff season.