Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference has been suspended one game for an illegal hit to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski. The incident occurred in Game 1 as Ference got his elbow up in the face of Grabovski during the opening period. There was no penalty called on the play.
Ference was suspended three games last season for boarding New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. In this case the league viewed the hit as reckless and indicated that Ference lunged towards Grabovski. They also added the head was the principal point of contact.
Grabovski appeared to be ok after receiving the blow and was able to finish the game. Ference will now miss Game 2 which goes on Saturday night.