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Andrew Ference says Bruins can’t be hypocrites after Daniel Paille’s blindside hit

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference [1] didn’t beat around the bush after the team’s 6-3 win over the Stars Thursday. B’s forward Daniel Paille [2] cheap-shotted Stars forward Raymond Sawada with a blindside hit in the second period, and Ference, having seen the same thing happen to teammate Marc Savard [3] last March, was honest in identifying it as a dirty play.

“I mean it’€™s a bad hit, right? That’€™s what they’€™re trying to get rid of and you can’€™t be hypocritical about it when it happens to you, and say it’€™s fine when your teammate does it,” Ference said. “It’€™s a hit they’€™re trying to get rid of. I mean you hear it from every player after they do it, they feel bad, and same thing. I talked to Danny and he feels bad. It’€™s tough, that backchecking forward, to make those kind of hits, it’€™s so hard to do it in a clean fashion, with the new rules. It is what it is. He hurt the guy, and I’€™m sure he’€™ll have a conversation.”

Paille was given a given a game misconduct for the hit, and the league will likely look into a suspension for the forward.