The NHL has suspended Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference for one game. The Department of Player Safety ruled that Ference threw an illegal check to the head of Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski in the first period of Wednesday night’s 4-1 Bruins win.
NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan noted that the hit was not defensive in nature. Ference was in control of the play when he lunged toward Grabovski with his left arm and shoulder. Ference made Grabovski’s head the principal point of contact, Shanahan said.