Ference will be sitting for a little while methinks

Another day, another controversial hit in the NHL. For those of you sick of reading about these, I can assure you I’m sick of writing about them. I literally have no idea what it’s going to take to cut these moronic hits out of the game. With this Andrew Ference/Ryan McDonagh incident coming up, a red line wouldn’t solve it, softer pads wouldn’t solve it, it’s as simple as a guy (Ference) needs to slow up and not bury the guy whose nameplate he’s reading.

For what it’s worth, Ference has owned up to it since the incident itself and acknowledged that he needs to pull up in those situations. From a story on NHL.com:

“I’m obviously going as fast as I can to try and get to the puck,” said Ference, who acknowledged he might be facing supplemental discipline. “I realized I wasn’t going to get there first, he boxed me out, I tried to lean back, but I was going too fast. Obviously it was a dangerous position, so I tried to let up and didn’t let up fast enough.”

As I’m sure you can all imagine, John Tortorella wasn’t too thrilled with the hit and thinks Ference ought to be suspended. I think it’s pretty hard to argue with what he said post-game to Chris Botta of the New York Times:

“It’s one of the most dangerous hits I have seen in a while,” Rangers Coach John Tortorella told reporters after the game. “Nothing has to be said, as far as what has to be done.”

As far as McDonagh goes, he “grabbed his head” several times and “had difficulty breathing” while he was on the ice according to Botta’s story. He made it off the ice with the assistance of a trainer and didn’t return. There hasn’t been any update on his condition as of yet.

Take a look at the hit.

At this point all that can be said is that Ference needs to be suspended and we hope McDonagh returns to action without any ill effects in the near future.

The Bruins fans defending the Ference hit as “clean” on twitter need to give their head a serious shake and realize there are bigger things than what team you cheer for. Quite frankly, McDonagh is lucky he didn’t have to be stretchered off the ice. It would be a real shame if McDonagh, one of the most underrated solid young defensemen in the league, had to miss extensive playing time because of this unnecessary play.

The Bruins have called up Steven Kampfer in anticipation of Ference sitting out.

Comments (9)

  1. The Boston Goons strike again!
    It’s never “If?” but always “When?”
    I suggest for this reason:
    Banish Ference for the season.

    And more from Lucic or Marchand
    Ought lead to their too being banned.
    The league must say it’s had enough
    Of all this blatant thuggish stuff

    It should now be wholly writ:
    “Eradicate this crappy shit!
    And if you choose to disobey
    You’re out ’til him you hurt can play.”

    For too long too diplomatic
    Now’s the time to be pragmatic

  2. Your opening sentence should be “another day, another controversial hit by a Bruin in tne NHL.” The Bruins have been getting away with flouting the rules for too long. They are ruining the game and turning it into a goon fest. Boston fans need to really stop drinking the Kool-Aid and realize it’s not cool to cheer when another team’s player is on the ice as the result of a dirty hit by a Bruin. Waiting for a Shanaban…

  3. I watched the replay no fan was cheering that hit. There was overwhelming sounds of what appears to be shock and people stood up to see if McDonagh was going to get up or not. Seriously…watch the replay before posting. On another note, the speculation of concussion are interesting because if you…..watch the replay….you will see his head made no contact with anything as a result of the hit. Looked to be a shoulder injury. What will people say if McDonagh is up and playing at the next game?

    • What are you talking about?

      1) I don’t say anyone was cheering at any point.
      2) I don’t forward any concussion speculation. The “grabbing the head” remark was from Rangers trainers to Botta whom I cite.

      If McDonagh plays the next game that is a good thing. It means he’s healthy and made it through a potential catastrophic hit without ill effect. The hit is dirty regardless of if anyone was hurt and there’s no place for this play in hockey at any level. Nothing good can possibly come of it.

      Read the article before commenting and trying to catch me on something that’s not there.

      • I agree with everything you say in the article, it’s a completely dirty hit. However, you chewed out RickyB when he was clearly responding to peanutflower’s comment and told him to read before commenting. Maybe you need to read all the comments.

    • People will say that McDonagh was extremely lucky to escape serious injury on a filthy, filthy hit. Most hockey fans would rejoice at that rather than trying to find excuses for the hitter. I think that people are starting to realize that the glamorizing of the big bad Broonz is leading us into a place where hockey and the majority of sensible fans just don;t want to go.

  4. This is exactly the type of play that the NHL, NHPLA, and coaches at every level of hockey, should use in training videos. Ference (and any other player in that position) needs to learn to not make that hit. You’ve got a guy moving towards the board, with his back to you, with speed? And you hit him in the numbers? Those plays need to be *taught* out of the game.

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