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Julien: Ference is ready to start next round of playoffs

WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference [1] missed the entire first round of the Stanley Cup [2] playoffs with an “undisclosed injury”, but B’s coach Claude Julien [3] indicated that the veteran blueliner should be ready to start the next round of playoffs likely to start at the end of next week. Ference skated for the fourth straight day prior to team practice on Friday morning, and Julien said that he’ll likely begin skating with the team at the beginning of next week.

“Right now, the way things are looking there’s no reason to not think he’s going to start the next series,” said Julien. “From our chats with our trainers, by the beginning of the week he’ll be (back) with the team.”