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Friday, January 13, 2012
Ference questions Subban's character

By James Murphy

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- A league source has confirmed that Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban will not face further disciplinary action beyond the two-minute minor he received for elbowing Bruins center David Krejci 12:17 into the third period of Boston's 2-1 win over Montreal on Thursday night.

Immediately following the play, Bruins defenseman and alternate captain Andrew Ference grabbed Subban and tried to get into a fight with the Habs rearguard, but Subban wouldn’t oblige. On Friday, as the Bruins prepared to take off on a four-game road trip that begins Saturday night at Carolina, Ference questioned the hit and the character of Subban.

"I didn't think it was super-clean,'' Ference said. "It was on Krech, one of our top players, and he's got a marked-up face to prove that it was pretty high. So I thought it was a little high."

Ference went on to say that he’s happy the NHL doesn’t have too many players of Subban’s ilk, whom he believes cowers from their border-line actions on the ice.

"It's one of those things that's good about our sport, if you're going to play a certain style and hit other teams' top players like Krejci, you don't have to fight every time,'' Ference said. "If you do it enough times ... I don't know about turtling going against the other team's smallest defenseman. He can play however he wants, it's none of my business. But I'm was just saying that if it were a guy on our team, it would probably be frowned upon.''

Ference went on to cite winger Brad Marchand, who is serving a five-game suspension for a clipping penalty against the Canucks last Saturday, as an example of how the Bruins make sure they are ready to answer the bell if they do something on the ice that could be questioned.

“I told him last year and sat and had dinner with Marchy and said if he’s going to play that way, and he obviously rides the line a lot, then once in a while he’s going to have to drop the gloves and have to own up to some of the border-line plays. And he has,” Ference said. “Every room is different, every team’s different and I’m not here to say that other teams have to play the way we do. It’s just that when your top players are being hit in a certain way, it’s usually not too great and I don’t think people appreciate when a guy turtles like that.”

Ference also couldn’t understand why Subban would play in such a manner and then taunt and smile as he did to Ference while sitting in the penalty box.

“Like I said, it’s really none of my business, but I’m just curious because he’s smiling after he loses in the playoffs, he’s smiling in a game like last night where obviously his team’s going through some turmoil, and I just said ‘Keep smiling! I don’t know who you’re trying to impress,’” Ference said of his interaction with Subban as they settled into the penalty box. “I don’t know if he thinks that looks good but I was just -- I don’t know, it just confuses me a bit.”