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Bruins’ Ference resumes skating, ‘on the mend’ says Julien

May 27, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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The banged-up Boston defense is getting back to full health.

Well, close to full health.

On Monday, Andrew Ference — who hasn’t played since Game 5 of the Toronto series — was skating with Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides, a positive development in his recovery from a lower-body injury.

“He’s obviously on the mend,” Boston head coach Claude Julien told “But not ready to say he’s ready to go yet.”

The Bruins were able to dispatch of the Rangers without the services of Ference and Wade Redden in Round 2 against the Rangers, as a trio of young blueliners — Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug — filled in capably.

(Dennis Seidenberg missed the majority of the series as well, but did return for Game 5.)

It was an impressive performance by the youngsters, but one that will be tough to replicate against the Penguins if they’re again pressed into action.

Pittsburgh boasts four of the NHL’s top six playoff scorers at the moment — a far cry from a Rangers team that only averaged 2.17 goals per game in the playoffs.

Julien wouldn’t say either way if he’d put Ference straight back into the lineup once he becomes healthy.

“At one point you make a decision and it doesn’t mean that it’s an easy one, because it’s not,” he explained. “We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

  1. scalfor3 - May 27, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    I like Ference, but I’d sit him if I’m Claude. Bartkowski and Krug bring an element of speed that really helped the B’s offense get going against NY. Plus, Ference has been a turnover machine this year.

  2. titansbro - May 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    He shouldn’t be playing over Krug & maybe not even Bartkowski.

  3. proudlyfrenchcanadian - May 27, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Geaux Pittsburgh!

    • theskinsman - May 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

      Bruins, please play hard…the whole series.

  4. matthews4 - May 27, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    In other news Wally Pipp is fully healthy now……….

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