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Friday, February 4, 2011
Quotable: Ference on the Paille hit

By Mark Stepneski

Here's a quote from Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference on the hit Bruins forward Daniel Paille put on Stars forward Ray Sawada in Thursday night's game. Paille was given a major penalty for an illegal shot to the head and will be facing a possible suspension. Sawada didn't return to the game and is listed as having an upper body injury.
"I mean it’s a bad hit, right? That’s what they’re trying to get rid of and you can’t be hypocritical about it when it happens to you, and say it’s fine when your teammate does it. It’s a hit they’re trying to get rid of. I mean you hear it from every player after they do it, they feel bad, and same thing, I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It’s tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits, it’s so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a conversation."

Here's the hit: