BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended for Game 2 of Boston's first-round playoff series with the Maple Leafs for an illegal hit to to the head of forward Mikhail Grabovski on Wednesday night.
According to the league's ruling, Ference "made a decision to check Grabovski after playing the puck. However, in doing so he lunges toward Grabovski, extending his left arm and shoulder, picking Grabovski's head and making it the principal point of contact."
Early in the first period of the Bruins’ 4-1 conference quarterfinal series-opening win over the Maple Leafs, Ference came up high with his elbow as he skated past Grabovski and connected with Grabovski’s head. There was no penalty called on the play, but the replay clearly showed Ference raising his elbow to make contact. Grabovski did not appear to be injured on the play.