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Bruins’ Ference wants to play, but it’s coach’s decision

Jun 1, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

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Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is champing at the bit to get back into the team’s lineup. While he resumed skating with the team this week, he hasn’t officially been cleared to play. That isn’t slowing down his desire to play, however.

Joe Haggerty of hears from Ference about his desire to get in and help the team take on the Penguins.

“Everybody wants to be in the mix, and you can contribute in many different ways. You can be positive and supportive, and there’s more than what happens on the ice,” said Ference. “We’re a room that gets it, and that’s why we’ve had continued success. When you look at the playoffs, it’s more than what you do on the ice.”

When asked if he could play in Game 1, Ference told reporters, as’s Joe McDonald shares, “I have no idea. That’s not my call.” Will Julien go with him? He wasn’t divulging that information.

“That’s the thing I’ll have to deal with when the time comes,” Julien said at today’s press conference. If Ference doesn’t go tonight, chances are good we’ll see him at some point before this series is over with.

  1. itsallniceonice - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Please no. Probably the dirtiest player on the Bruins. He will take a stupid roughing penalty, turn the puck over multiple times, or shoot the puck out of his own zone guaranteed.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Dirtiest? Most prone to egregious error, perhaps.

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        He’s pretty dirty. Takes a lot of stupid roughing penalties due to it.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      You are clueless. Shoot the puck out of his zone? Do you watch hockey?

      • itsallniceonice - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Poorly worded but anyone with half a brain can figure out what I mean.

        What is hockey?

  2. nunan - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Dirtiest? That’s a ridiculous statement. I think you make the mistake of confusing physicality with dirtiness. In that case, the Bruins are the ‘dirtiest’ team in the league. People can’t comprehend that excessive physicality is not dirty. Nothing the Bruins do in this series will be dirty..guaranteed. There will be scrums and little incidents but ‘dirty’ is another level…a la Cooke and injuring players. Injuring someone because you’re dirty is different than injuring someone because your’e just being physical. It’s why people who don’t understand the game label Lucic dirty. Nope..just physical..and if people get hurt bc he is physical, so be it.

  3. benrob99 - Jun 1, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    So Cooke is dirty for trying to “injure people”… BUT your “captain” can PURPOSELY shove someone face first into a post by the bench… And that’s just aggressive play??? Charra hit was way worse for intent to injure.

    Stay clueless Bah-ston

    • nunan - Jun 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      Case in point…thanks!

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

      Another Pens fan lowering the already-low IQ population of them on this site.

      Seriously–where are the well-reasoned, non-troll Pens fans? I want to talk to them.

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