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No suspension for Bruins' Ference

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Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will not be suspended for his hit on Montreal's Jeff Halpern during Game 7 of the teams' first-round series on Wednesday, the NHL said Thursday.

Midway through the third period Ference caught Halpern with a shoulder that knocked him to the ice. Halpern was attended to by a trainer and helped off the ice, but was able to return to the game.

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy conducted a review of Ference's collision with Halpern via conference call and determined that there will be no supplemental discipline. "During the hearing, Ference stated that this was incidental contact; that he saw his opponent out of the corner of his eye at the last instance and braced for the collision," Murphy said in a statement. "He further stated that the contact was unintentional. As there was no apparent injury on the play, I have concluded that this incident does not warrant discipline."

Bruins General Manager said it was simply a matter of two players running into each other.

"When it first happened I wasn't (worried about a suspension)," he said. "When I took a closer look at it, because I thought it was just incidental contact, when I took a closer look at it I could see where the League's concerns lie. But when you look at the whole play, we turned the puck over at our blue (line), and when that happens, the (defensemen) are supposed to close off the rim around the wall. So he was moving that way, and what (Ference) said was that he just saw the player off his shoulder as he was moving. He was looking up because he saw the turnover. So his motion, the player's motion, they ran into each other."



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