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Jim McIsaac

The Bruins will be short one player in the next game.

Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference was suspended one game by the National Hockey League for elbowing Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski Wednesday night.

An interview with Chris Neil.

For the record, Neil has eight goals and 14 assists in 63 career games against the Canadiens. His 181 penalty minutes are second-high to his 273-minute total in 62 lifetime games vs. Toronto, but his 91 hits against the Habs are more than he’s laid out against any other NHL team.

“For tough guys in the NHL, there’s a respect factor,” Neil said, again speaking of Prust, whose 2.28 penalty minutes per game average in 317 NHL matches is fractionally below Neil’s 2.57.

“It’s one of the toughest jobs in the league, the guys in an enforcer role or who go out and stick up for their teammates. They know what’s coming. You’ve got to put your neck on the line. I have a respect for everyone who does it. (Prust) is one of the guys who does, and I have respect for that.”

A worker had his fun while building Quebec's new arena.

It’s a sacrilege.

It’s harmless fun.

It’s a misunderstanding.

It’s a pointed statement on Quebec’s bitterest hockey rivalry.

Or is it all of those things? And none of them?

Much air has been heated and ink spilled in Quebec City this week after a Montreal-based construction worker, Eric Rivest, posted a cellphone video of himself dropping a puck with a Bell Centre and Montreal Canadiens logo into one of the concrete footings for the Quebec capital’s new multi-purpose arena, which the city hopes will soon host Les Nordiques 2.0.

“Here you go Nordiques, we’re thinking about you,” a grinning Rivest said in the short clip, which you can watch here.