Bruins vs. Maple Leafs: Andrew Ference elbows Mikhail Grabovski

USA TODAY Sports

This nasty hit might garner the first disciplinary review of the post-season.

In the first period of the game between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston's Andrew Ference hit Mikhail Grabovski hard and high with an elbow as the two came together in the corner:


No penalty was called on the play, and the game kept moving so quickly that nobody really paid much attention to the incident, but looking back on it now it seems like a serious infraction. If Grabovski had been hurt on the play, this would almost certainly warrant a suspension for Ference -- but because he was able to shake it off and keep playing, who knows what the NHL will do?

Suspensions are rare in the playoffs, are are often reduced to fewer games than the same infractions would incur in the regular season, due to the elevated importance of each game. It remains to be seen what punishment -- if any -- Ference gets for this elbow.

More in the NHL:

Complete Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage

Bet on these hot playoff teams

Our playoff predictions

The best of our hockey network

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.