Update 7:00pm: Ference suspended 1 game.
Update 10:00am: Ference has a hearing scheduled for 2pm today according to John Shannon.
In last night’s first round playoff game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs Andrew Ference elbowed Mikhail Grabovski in the face. There was no penalty called on the play and according to Darren Dreger the play was reviewed and there will be no supplemental discipline for Ference.
Ference should be suspended for this, it looks similar to the Dustin Brown hit on Jason Pominville for which Brown was suspended two games. The only difference between the Brown hit and this one is that Brown’s was unintentional. Ference clearly sees Grabovski coming, sticks out his elbow and makes direct contact with his head. Ference isn’t a first offender either, he was suspended for 3 games in January 2012.
This hit once again brings up my views on supplementary discipline because in my opinion the system we have now is not working. The reviews and hearings are not consistent and that causes a problem. For more about my views on supplementary discipline you can look here.