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Boston’s black-and-blueline: Ference, Boychuk on the limp

Mar 2, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

Ference Boychuk

According to Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe, the Bruins were without defensemen Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk at Friday’s practice, further compounding Boston’s injury woes.

Boychuk has been out of the Bruins lineup since absorbing a mammoth hit from Ottawa’s Chris Neil on Saturday. The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a concussion and is listed as day-to-day — as for when he’ll return to the lineup, Boychuk said he’d prefer to take some hits before playing, but could be cleared for game action without participating in a full practice.

Ference suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win over New Jersey. Shockingly, the organization was tight-lipped about the nature of his ailment, though it’s believed Ference suffered the injury after taking a big hit from Devils forward Alexei Ponikarovsky.

In light of these two developments, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s trade deadline acquisitions of defensemen Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon look like savvy pickups.

“What I’ve seen over my time in hockey is defensemen can drop like flies. They really can,’’ Chiarelli told The Globe. “You can never have enough defensemen. We felt we wanted to have eight NHL defensemen in the mix. That was the blueprint I was working on.’’

Zanon made his Bruins debut on Thursday against New Jersey and is expected to remain in the lineup on Saturday against the Islanders. If Ference is unavailable, Mottau would draw back in.

  1. govtminion - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Healthy all the way through to near the end of January, and NOW the injury bug clicks on. Great timing. This must be what Chicago Bears fans felt like in December- not that the injuries to the B’s are anywhere near that bad, but the timing part is just awful.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      As of February 17th the Bruins had the least man games lost in the league by 20 (and 11 teams had lost five times as many man games as the B’s), it wasn’t going to last forever.

      • govtminion - Mar 2, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        Oh no argument. It was nice while it lasted- just not a good time for the luck to run out, is it? I’d rather get it all out of the way in December if possible, but of course that’s not really something that anyone can control.

  2. davebabychreturns - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I’d take March over June.

    • davebabychreturns - Mar 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Err that was supposed to be in response to govtminion.

      • govtminion - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        I guess I can’t argue with that kind of logic! ;)

  3. dan46778 - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Y was Neil not suspended??? If a bruin made that hit this page would filled with the anti bruin comments

    • taytay099 - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Because the Bruins have a lot of enemies.

      Also, it was a clean hit.

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