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.
You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.
— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals