BOSTON -- The last time the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers faced off on Jan. 21 at TD Garden, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was suspended for three games after his dangerous hit on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.
Ference was assessed a five-minute major for charging and given a game misconduct for his hit at the 1:50 mark of overtime. The Rangers capitalized on the man-advantage opportunity and scored a power-play goal with 3.6 seconds remaining in OT for a 3-2 win.
On Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he doesn’t think there will be any carryover from the incident.
“I don’t think so,” Julien said following the team's morning skate at TD Garden. “I think both teams realize it was a hit and he got suspended for it. I think both teams also realize it wasn’t something that was malicious and done on purpose, and he understands after the fact that he should’ve slowed down a little bit. But he didn’t go in there trying to injure a player.
“The page has been turned on that,” added Julien. “I would suspect it is. We certainly didn’t like seeing a guy going down from our side of it as well, and you don’t like to see those injuries. We were glad to hear he was back playing the next game and that’s the whole goal, to try to minimize the injuries. To me, that’s certainly not the key point to tonight’s game because there’s a lot more at stake than that.”
During his suspension, Ference forfeited $36,486.48 in salary.