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In the Bruins’ 4-1 Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Andrew Ference logged 19:36 of ice time, third most on the team behind Zdeno Chara (23:38) and Dennis Seidenberg (21:32). The Bruins will have to look elsewhere for those minutes in Game 2.
On Thursday, the NHL suspended Ference for one game. League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan ruled that Ference threw an illegal check to the head of Mikhail Grabovski on Wednesday.
Ference and Grabovski were racing after the puck in the corner in the Boston zone. Ference reached the puck first and played it with his backhand. Ference then raised his left arm and shoulder and clipped the left side of Grabovski’s head. No penalty was called. Grabovski was not injured.
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