Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will have a telephone hearing Sunday morning with the NHL Department of Player Safety regarding his hit against Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in overtime of Saturday's game.
Ference was assessed a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct, giving the Rangers a power play for the final 3:10 of overtime. New York's Marian Gaborik scored with 3.6 seconds left in OT to give the Rangers a 3-2 victory and sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
He's, believe it or not, actually one of my favorite guys, and I've ended up trading him twice. I appreciate what he's done. He was one year away from being an unrestricted free agent, and I felt with this opportunity, that it was a chance that we were able to get somebody for him in Nick Bonino and Adam Clendening.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on forward Brandon Sutter