WILMINGTON — While his players offered dissenting opinions on the nature of PK Subban’s hit on David Krejci in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Canadiens — Krejci thought it was “a clean hit”; teammate Andrew Ference did not, judging by his swift response — Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team was not likely to push for an NHL review of the questionable hit.
Subban was hit with an elbowing minor when he appeared to catch Krejci in the head at 12:17 of the third period. Ference jumped to his teammate’s defense, rag-dolled Subban around the ice, and drew a roughing double minor. The Canadiens scored their only goal of the night on the following power play.
”We’ll have to let the league look at it and see how they define it,” Julien said after today’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, where the Bruins took to the ice to prepare for Saturday night’s game vs. the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C.
“You could look at it either way,” Julien said. “Is it that bad of a hit? Was there an elbow involved? I didn’t waste too much time dissecting it, because the league’s going to make a decision whether it’s worthy or not.
“So, as I said before, we don’t lobby,” Julien said. “So we’re just going to move on here and let them take care of business.”
Asked if he was aware if the league had notified Subban of a pending review of the play, Julien said, “I don’t know, I have no idea.”
Citing a league source, Francois Gagnon of Le Presse in Montreal reported today that Subban was not going to be subject to any further disciplinary action.
Krejci, who declined to talk after Thursday night’s game, addressed the matter with the media after today’s practice.
When asked if he was OK, Krejci replied, “That’s why I didn’t want to talk [Thursday night], because I didn’t want people to ask me if I was OK. I didn’t want to talk about Subban. It was a clean hit and I want to leave it at that, that’s all.”
Ference, however, did not agree with his teammate on that point.
“I didn’t think it was super-clean,” Ference said. “It was on Krech, one of our top players and he’s got a marked up face to prove that it was pretty high. So I thought it was a little high.
“It’s one of those things that’s good about our sport, if you’re going to play a certain style and hit other teams’ top players like [Krejci], you don’t have to fight every time,” Ference said. “If you do it enough times … I don’t know about turtling going against the other team’s smallest defenseman.
“He can play however he wants, it’s none of my business,” Ference said. “But I’m was just saying that if it were a guy on our team it would probably be frowned upon.”
Krejci was appreciative of Ference’s reaction on his behalf.
“That’s our team,” Krejci said. “When one guy’s down, the rest of us comes in and tries to help him out. Andy did that for me and, obviously, I thank him for that. We like each other here. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t do it. We all get along and you can see that on the ice, too.”