Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to discuss the B's 2-1 loss in Game 4 of their first-round series against the Capitals.

On the Capitals' first goal, coming 1:22 into the game, Ference collided with Alex Ovechkin at center ice and the puck got past Zdeno Chara, setting up the Caps on a 2-on-1. Ovechkin jumped in the air -- apparently trying to get around Ference -- and knocked over the B's defenseman, but Ference wasn't sure if it should have been called interference.

WASHINGTON – David Krejci was the Bruins’ most productive offensive player last postseason. Any chance he’ll show up during these playoffs?

Alexander Semin rifled a wrist shot past Tim Thomas with just over a minute left in the second period for a power-play goal to lift the Capitals over the Bruins, 2-1, in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series is tied, 2-2, with Game 5 set for Boston Saturday afternoon. Rookie goalie Braden Holtby stopped 44 of 45 shots, including a flurry in the final seconds, for his second win of the series.

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Brendan Shanahan has officially told the Bruins and Capitals to knock it off. 

If you’re a Bruins fan, be proud, very proud. 



ARLINGTON, Va. -- Bruins coach Claude Julien responded Wednesday to Capitals coach Dale Hunter's accusation that the Boston players have been targeting the head of Nicklas Backstrom, who missed 40 games during the regular season with a concussion. 

"That doesn't make sense," Julien said after Wednesday's practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. "I don't know any coach that would tell his team to go after somebody's head. It speaks for itself."

The Capitals released the following statement Wednesday on the suspension of Nicklas Backstrom. The center was suspended for Game 4 after his cross-check to Rich Peverley‘s face at the end of Game 3.

“We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom. This has been a competitive and physical series, and we do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case while other incidents in this series have not been reviewed. Our singular focus is on Game 4, and we look forward to the energy that our great fans provide.”

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning for his weekly appearance, this time to discuss the aggressive and often dirty play seen in the NHL playoffs, as well as the state of the Bruins now three games into their series against the Capitals.

Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom was suspended one game for cross-checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley in Monday's Game 3, the NHL announced Tuesday. The incident occurred at 20:00 of the third period, and Backstrom was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure.

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WASHINGTON -- Capitals coach Dale Hunter said Tuesday that he feels theBruins are targeting Washington center Nicklas Backstrom's head. Backstrom missed 40 games this season due to a concussion.

“Every scrum, Nicky comes out with no helmet on, he gets blockered to the head by [Tim] Thomas the game before. He's protecting his head,” Hunter told reporters. “He just came out for 40 games. You have to protect your head. With his stick being in his face like that, it was a dangerous play on his part.”'