Originally written on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 11/10/14
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The New York Rangers won their Eastern Conference showdown Saturday with the Boston Bruins on a Marian Gaborik power-play goal with 3.6 seconds remaining in overtime. Why did they have a power play? Because Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference put a forearm into the numbers of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh's sweater, sending him face-first into the end boards and sending Ference to the dressing room on a 5-minute major/game misconduct for charging. Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley provided every counterargument to the obvious, which is that Ference recklessly shoved McDonagh from behind in a high-velocity chase for the puck. The speed of the play, the absence of malice, the "angling for a hit" rather than hitting from behind, the notion that McDonagh held up before Ference anticipated he would have … hell, add whatever you want to the pile of excuses NESN already provided. It's a hit that shouldn't happen. And it's a hit the NHL doesn't want to happen any longer, and one expects Brend...
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