Source: No discipline for Torres about Ference hit


Source: No discipline for Torres about Ference hit

GLENDALE, AZ. It appears the bloody beating he was given by Adam McQuaid was punishment enough for Raffi Torres.
The Phoenix Coyotes winger was slapped with two-minute elbowing penalty when he targeted the head of Andrew Ference while both players veered into the corner for a puck battle Wednesday nght in the Bruins' 2-1 overtime win over the Coyotes. Then he was slapped to a bloody pulp by McQuaid when the Bruins defenseman stepped in his defense partner and engaged the Phoenix winger in a bloody fight.
Some wondered if Torres might be hearing from Brendan Shanahan and the hockey ops department. But according to a league source, there will be no hearing or further supplemental discipline for Torres about the elbowshoulder thrown at Ference. It seems this was more a case of the players handling their own business on the ice without a need for the Shanahan to intervene.There was also no injury to Ference on the play, which has become a fairly important factor in the league's recentdisciplinary decisions.I think its one of those unwritten rules in hockey and we have a very tight-knit group of guys, said McQuaid. Youre reacting when you see a friend or a teammate take a questionable hit or whatever the case may be. Its more a reaction to stick up for somebody that you feel close to.Claude Julien is much more of an old school hockey mind when it comes to judging whether hits come down on the "clean" or "dirty" side of things. It appears he didn't have much problem with the original Torres hit, or with McQuaid coming in to Ference's defense.
Its one of those things. McQuaid saw a shoulder to the head and he reacted, said Bruins coach Claude Julien. Its hard to get upset with players that go to the defense of their teammates and he did a good job of it. Its what this league has turned into: if its a good hit or a bad hit the gloves are off and were fighting away.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.