Ference escapes punishment for Halpern hit

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Ference escapes punishment for Halpern hit

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Andrew Ference had a hearing with NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy on Thursday morning concerning a shoulder-to-head hit on Montreal forward Jeff Halpern in Bostons Game Seven win but the Bs defenseman walked away without a fine or suspension.There was some incidental contact on the play as Halpern ran into Ferences shoulder with his head down. The Habs winger was helped off the ice but returned minutes later. The phone hearing was at 11 a.m., and the lack of penalty was clearly an indication of the incidental nature of the contact.Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed to the media that Ference was in the clear with the league, but also said he understood what the NHL was looking at in reviewing the hit, which occured well behind the location of the puck.I thought it was just incidental contact, but when I took a closer look at it I could see where the leagues concerns lie. But when you look at the whole play, we turned the puck over at our blue, and when that happens, the 'D' are supposed to close off the rim around the wall, said Chiarelli. So he was moving that way. "What Andy 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 players motion, they ran into each other.
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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.