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Ference on Marchand: “If you’re the gazelle that runs away from the pack, then you’re the one that’s going to get eaten”

Mar 15, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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While there are plenty of reasons the Bruins are just 12-15-2 over their last 29 games, defenseman Andrew Ference chose to point out one glaring issue — and player — in discussing the solution with’s Joe Haggerty.

“[Staying together] is not just important, it’s essential. It’s the only way to have any success whatsoever,” Ference said. “Our trainer tells our young guys — especially [Brad] Marchand or somebody like that –- to run with the pack of gazelles. If you’re the gazelle that runs away from the pack then you’re the one that’s going to get eaten.

“Especially Marchand…I think he needs to remember that.”

While his quote veered close to Alan’s speech from The Hangover (“And my wolf pack… it grew by one. So there… there were two of us in the wolf pack… I was alone first in the pack…”), Ference makes a salient point.

Lately, Marchand’s game has gone quiet in all facets. He’s scored just two points in March and barely resembles the annoying pest everybody loves to hate. As Haggerty writes, “he hasn’t been the rabble-rousing emotional catalyst he’s supposed to be when he’s playing his role as resident agitator.”

That said, it’s hardly fair to pin Boston’s struggles on a 23-year-old winger, or his tendencies to stray from the pack. The issues with this team are glaring: Nathan Horton (concussion) and Rich Peverley (MCL) are tough to replace offensively and Tim Thomas is on pace for his biggest workload in five years. There’s also the wear and tear from last year’s lengthy playoff run, and the fatigue that comes with it.

Of course, head coach Claude Julien isn’t about to start making excuses. He’s got his own spin on Ference’s pack mentality.

“We’re not a team that relies on one or two guys to bail us out. We’ve always been a group that does it by committee,” he said. “We realize that what we have here and what we’re all about is that our strength has been as a pack. It’s not as individuals. We need to play within our strength.

“It’s not about one guy as much as it’s about all of us picking up our game and putting it in the right direction.”

  1. firstandonlywarning - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Where are all the Marchant supporters?

    He’s an embarrassment to his home town, I have no clue why Bruins fans have blindly supported this classless & clueless drunken clown.

    Oh Wait
    Its par for the course in Baaaaaston

    • bruins33 - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM

      Marchand dangles

    • lolnowhy - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      he has a ring

    • scottybcboy - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM


      first off, why wouldn’t we support Todd Marchant, remember that beauty shorthanded goal he scored for the Oil against the Stars in the playoffs?…..that was sweeeeeet!
      secondly, Marchand is not from Boston, it is not his hometown, he is from Nova Scotia. Halifax or somewhere close to it….Sackville, maybe.
      Other than that, uhh, great post.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

        Im from Halifax

        Nope not Lower Sackville
        He’s from Hammonds Plains and they are not proud of him, he’s an embarrassment

        Cute how you thought I thought he was from Boston
        But no, just saying it’s no surprise that his behavior is tolerated in Boston.

      • firstandonlywarning - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        And oh ya, BRAD
        not Todd

        Oh than that………


      • scottybcboy - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        You do know who Todd Marchant is right, do I have to buy the NHL Guide and Record Book. If you thought I just got the name wrong you think you would have caught the Oilers vs Stars reference. Guess it’s too much to ask for you to read the post rather than just be upset by it.

      • scottybcboy - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        I think you may understand this a little better without the humour or pre-lockout reference.
        It’s MARCHAND not Marchant.
        Hate to go all-caps but you do what you gotta do.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      He also dumped on Luongo all series long.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      You spilled some of your Trollios.

    • mathieug79 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Ladies and Gentlemen, we finally know who started the RIOT in vancouver last year!.

  2. odj810 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    I don’t really get what ference is saying. He has been to quiet as far as stirring things up are involved. I think he’s trying to take that out of his game but when he runs his mouth he plays better for some reason. Makes you wonder if there could be internal issues in whats supposedly the best locker room in hockey.

  3. meane56 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Funny how “said a laughing Andrew Ference” and “Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference made light of something Bruins trainer John Whitesides is fond of saying to the players.” is not found in this version that Mike posts? Stop trying to stir the pot by eliminating important info!

    • odj810 - Mar 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      yea i just saw that to. What a bunch of media dicks.

    • Mike Halford - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      I thought the part where I compared it to The Hangover gave a decent idea of the tone. Maybe not.

  4. dhillca - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM


    Its Brad not Todd, and he didn’t say his hometown was Boston he said he was an embarrassment to his home town, which is Hammonds Plains N.S.
    Other than that, great post

    • bruins33 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      hahaa classic

    • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      knowledge fail.

    • scottybcboy - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      Wow, well I guess there are some U-20’s in the crowd.

  5. rsl22 - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I’d love to have Marchand on my team.

  6. drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    “Of course, head coach Claude Julien isn’t about to start making excuses”

    Uh, he just did so yesterday, when he was talking about “fatigue”.

    And no mention at all of the fact that his slump has neatly coincided with adding the execrable Rolston to his line.

    Good lord, how lazy a piece can you guys put together?

  7. haterzgonahate - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    cause calling out your own teammate is a proven way to help your team win

    team FAIL!

    • firstandonlywarning - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

      having to call out a fail teammate is what?

      What a buffoon type posting

      • haterzgonahate - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:36 PM

        internet tough guy everyone!

        /flexes keyboard

  8. habsman - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    The league (Colie) turned a blind eye to the Bruins’ cheap shot sucker punching routine last year. That’s the only reason they won the (Campbell) Cup last year.

    The hit (dirty cheap shot) on Miller by Lucic (that went unpunished) was the best thing to happen in the league this year. It shone the spotlight directly on them. Just too many incidents over the past couple of years to turn a blind eye. Funny, they’re just an ordinary team when treated the same as everyone else. 37 more years Bruins fans. The league is on to you now.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      The women of Montreal will certainly *not* be on to you.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Oh, and, umm, check the standings.

    • amerika1313 - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      You mean like the way the league (Shanahan) has turned a blind eye to a huge number of dangerous plays this year, like Subban elbowing Krejci in the face, Sestito elbowing Horton in the back of the head and knocking him out likely for the rest of the season, and Kesler’s obvious clip on Clutterbuck? Those all went unpunished as well.

      You lack cohesion in your arguments. You lack proof. You lack consistency. You lack balance. Your posts are stale and repetitive. Most of all, you have no business lurking in comment boards about teams and games that have nothing to do with the Canadiens when your only goal is to trot out your sad excuse for logic/humor. The Bruins won the (Stanley) Cup last year. Montreal won’t even make the playoffs this season. Try dealing in reality every once in a while. It’s refreshing.

    • alecitrullo10 - Mar 22, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      Im sorry but goalies cant be strolling half way to the blueline and not expect to get hit. I didnt like that Lucic said he couldnt avoid him because he clearly could. However these goalies think they can stroll anywhere and shouldnt be touched. If you want to leave the blue paint you should expect to get roughed up a bit. It was not a cheap shot Lucic’s part. Ryan Miller is the biggest whiner in the game.

  9. drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Lately the refs have been inventing penalties against the Bruins (e.g. tonight’s “boarding” by Marchand when he was nearly at center ice, and a “cross-check” by Thornton when his man lost an edge).

    It’s either refs being dumb, or activist reffing.

  10. arbruins - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Holy crap Habsman…your post must be copy and paste…it is the same mindless drone BS as usual. Collie (as you call him) stepped down from his position when the playoffs began because he didn’t want to have a conflict of interest issue. He steps down and still, the haters have a problem. If the Stanley cup was rigged last year then, it only stands to reason that all of the previous championships were rigged as well…including the ones the Canadiens had one.

    • solador78 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Campbell never stepped down. He only stopped pubically fronting for his son’s boss and Chairman of the NHL Board of Governors Jeremy Jacobs. In his continuing role as Director of Hockey Operations, he now has Shanahan to front for him. Nothing has actually changed.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      And we’re supposed to listen to your tinfoil-hat BS why?

      • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        (this was @solador)

      • solador78 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM

        Are you disputing that Shanahan reports to the Director of Hockey Operation who is accountable to the Chairman of the Board?

        Because that’s FACT.

    • drewsylvania - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      And so much for the much-hyped post-deletion policy.

      • solador78 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

        Freedom of speech baby.

        You may not like it, but you can’t argue with the truth.

        Otherwise you would have posted a pointed rebuttal instead of crying to the wonderful gentleman who run this top-notch website.

  11. arbruins - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:05 PM


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