Source: No discipline for Torres about Ference hit


Source: No discipline for Torres about Ference hit

GLENDALE, AZ. It appears the bloody beating he was given by Adam McQuaid was punishment enough for Raffi Torres.
The Phoenix Coyotes winger was slapped with two-minute elbowing penalty when he targeted the head of Andrew Ference while both players veered into the corner for a puck battle Wednesday nght in the Bruins' 2-1 overtime win over the Coyotes. Then he was slapped to a bloody pulp by McQuaid when the Bruins defenseman stepped in his defense partner and engaged the Phoenix winger in a bloody fight.
Some wondered if Torres might be hearing from Brendan Shanahan and the hockey ops department. But according to a league source, there will be no hearing or further supplemental discipline for Torres about the elbowshoulder thrown at Ference. It seems this was more a case of the players handling their own business on the ice without a need for the Shanahan to intervene.There was also no injury to Ference on the play, which has become a fairly important factor in the league's recentdisciplinary decisions.I think its one of those unwritten rules in hockey and we have a very tight-knit group of guys, said McQuaid. Youre reacting when you see a friend or a teammate take a questionable hit or whatever the case may be. Its more a reaction to stick up for somebody that you feel close to.Claude Julien is much more of an old school hockey mind when it comes to judging whether hits come down on the "clean" or "dirty" side of things. It appears he didn't have much problem with the original Torres hit, or with McQuaid coming in to Ference's defense.
Its one of those things. McQuaid saw a shoulder to the head and he reacted, said Bruins coach Claude Julien. Its hard to get upset with players that go to the defense of their teammates and he did a good job of it. Its what this league has turned into: if its a good hit or a bad hit the gloves are off and were fighting away.

EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?


EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?

On this episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast...

0:10 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen give their takeaways from the Patriots win over the Falcons including the defense coming up strong against Atlanta but New England still taking too many penalties.

2:00 - Why it felt like this game meant more to the Patriots, their sense of excitement after the win, and building chemistry off a good victory.

6:20 - Falcons losing their identity without Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and their bad play calling and decisions on 4th downs.

10:00 -  A discussion about Matt Ryan not making the throws he needed against the Patriots and if he has falling off the MVP caliber-type player he was last season.

14:00 - How and why the Patriots secondary seems to be playing better without Stephon Gilmore and why Malcolm Butler has been able to turn up his play as of late.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study


Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."