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Julien: Ference ‘hopefully back soon’

Posted By Mike Petraglia On February 6, 2010 @ 1:22 pm In General | No Comments

Bruins coach Claude Julien knows a little experience could go a long way to restoring some order his blue line.

On Saturday, Andrew Ference [1], who’s been out since Jan. 5 with a groin injury, skated with the team in warmups prior to the tilt with Vancouver. He was scratched and missed his 14th straight game.

“He’s coming along and I think he’s getting better and hopefully we’ll see him back soon,” Julien said “There’s no doubt, I think there’s some experience missing back there and when you don’t have that, to me, a defenseman is like a quarterback on a football team. If you get guys moving the puck well, your offense benefits from it as well.”

The Bruins have lost Ference and fellow veteran defenseman Mark Stuart [2] with a broken pinkie finger. That doesn’t include Zdeno Chara [3], who is playing with a bad pinkie himself that will likely require surgery after the season.

With the two blueliners out and Chara hurting, the Bruins have had to rely more heavily on second-year defenseman Matt Hunwick [4] and rookie D-men Adam McQuaid [5] and Johnny Boychuk [6].

“We’ve got Hunwick, who’s in his second year, and then we’ve got two guys who are in their first year, so we’re lacking a little bit of experience back there, there’s no doubt,” Julien added. “But that’s not to take away anything from the guys who are in their first year. They’ve done a great job for us.”

So what the Bruins didn’t need was another injury to a defenseman – and a scary one at that. A bloodied Boychuk took a shot to the left side of his face from Mikael Samuelsson midway through the first and had to be helped off the ice by Blake Wheeler [7] and Chara.

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[1] Andrew Ference: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1929&team=1

[2] Mark Stuart: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3359&team=1

[3] Zdeno Chara: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=1700&team=1

[4] Matt Hunwick: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=4270&team=1

[5] Adam McQuaid: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3816&team=1

[6] Johnny Boychuk: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3162&team=1

[7] Blake Wheeler: http://weei.stats.com/nhl/playerstats.asp?id=3641&team=1

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