|League reviews Andrew Ference’s elbow to head of Mikhail Grabovski||05.02.13 at 12:16 am ET|
Ference elbow on Grabovski in the 1st was reviewed. Supplemental discipline possible, but seems unlikely.
‘ Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 2, 2013
As the video below will show, both players were going after a puck in the corner from different directions during a Maple Leafs power play when the B’s defenseman caught Grabovski with a high elbow. When asked about the hit following the game, Ference said he didn’t recall the play. His coach didn’t offer much either.
“I haven’t seen it,” Claude Julien said. “I can’t comment on that.”
Ference was suspended for three games last January for his hit on Ryan McDonagh, which would put him in the repeat offender category given that his last suspension was within 18 months.
|Bruins humbled by experience with first responders||04.18.13 at 3:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — When the Bruins hosted 80 first-responders at Wednesday’s game, they thought they were simply providing a nice gesture as a way of thanking the brave bunch for all they had done for the city during Monday’s horrific events. They didn’t think they were making anybody’s day, but they were.
In meeting with the first-responders following their 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres Wednesday, the Bruins were overwhelmed by their experience with the heroes and how proud they were to meet the B’s.
“They were very, very happy and excited that they came to the game and they really showed a lot of respect,” Brad Marchand said Thursday. “It was funny — not funny, but a different feeling because they were thanking us when really we wanted to thank them for everything that they did for our city and for us and for everyone who was involved. It was honor meeting them and being able to meet those guys and hear their stories of how courageous they were in a moment like that.”
Marchand said it was more of an honor for the Bruins to spend time with the heroes than the other way around, but to be able to give them something to be smile about was touching for the players.
“They really expressed last night how big it was for them to come to the game and how excited they were from the moment they heard they were coming,” Marchand said. “Some of the guys were telling us how they found out and just how excited they were all day long or the day before, and it was all they could think about. They said that’s what they needed to kind of get their mind off things. They saw a lot of stuff. To be able to give that to them for them to enjoy and look forward to watching us play and just a few hours to watch us play and enjoy something, it’s huge for us. We take a lot of pride in that. Obviously, those guys are heroes and we look up to them. They did some courageous and amazing things. We owe them a lot.”
After the game, Andrew Ference and some other players took the first-responders out for beers as a way of further thanking them for everything they had done. Though Dennis Seidenberg didn’t join them (his children had to get up early), he wasn’t surprised to see how much the night meant to both sides.
“It’s a great sports town, Boston is,” Dennis Seidenberg said. “People are very emotional about their sports. When you have a chance to give them the opportunity to come to a game and get their mind off what happened, it’s easy for us to do and something nice also.”
|Why Andrew Ference loves Boston||04.16.13 at 4:13 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — One of the reason Boston is considered such a great sports town is because of the standard it sets. It isn’t for everyone. Star players have failed here, because it takes a certain kind of player to embrace Boston and everything that comes with it.
Andrew Ference is one of those players. Since being traded to the Bruins in 2007, he’s soaked up every bit of it. When the Bruins won the Cup, he put it in a baby stroller and walked it around the North End. Though he’s an Edmonton native, he’s really taken to being a Bostonian, so when he puts on his jersey Wednesday night and takes the ice, he won’t feel a sudden attachment to the city in wake of Monday’s bombings.
“You’re always proud. It’s not like we’re just here today all of a sudden saying, ‘We love Boston,'” Ference said. “This is a team that’s woven itself into the neighborhoods that they live in. They’ve really embraced the fact that they’re residents here. I don’t think anybody just feels like they’re here for a visit. That’s been a special part about our team, so I think that something like this obviously magnifies all the things that [make] you care about the city. You’re proud no matter what to not just be part of a sports team, but part of the community. That’s why people love it here so much.”
Ference, 34, has also played for the Penguins and Flames in his career, but he’s really made a home in Boston, like so many other Bruins. The Bruins’ roster has everything from organizational lifers (Patrice Bergeron) to former journeymen who eventually became mainstays (Shawn Thornton) and everything in between. Ference’s love for the city is obvious, as is the case with guys like Nathan Horton, and the alternate captain said there’s no shortage of reasons why.
“It’s a great community. People look you in the eye and they talk to each other. People aren’t strangers here. I think that’s why guys love playing here and living here and have fully embraced different events,” Ference said. “We’ve had tons of families that go to different things that the city offers. ‘¦ If we [didn’t have a game scheduled] last night, the whole team probably would have been down there. It’s not like we just hole up in our houses. Guys are really part of the city. What’s not to love?”
|Canadiens hold moment of silence for Boston, Bruins express condolences||04.15.13 at 7:57 pm ET|
Bruins past and present expressed their condolences in the aftermath of Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. The Bruins weren’t the only ones in the hockey world concerned, as the rival Canadiens held a moment of silence prior to their game against the Flyers Monday.
This is not good in Boston right now. Explosions at the marathon on Boylston.
Just put the kids to bed, they were a couple blocks away today and got pretty scared.Tough to know what to say to them on a night like this.
— Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) April 16, 2013
Told them that although there might be a bad person out there, we saw thousands who ran to help.Way more good people in this world than bad.
— Andrew Ference (@Ferknuckle) April 16, 2013
Hope this was just a horrible accident. Prayers to everyone around the area that they are okay.
Praying for Boston right now! I hope everyone is ok! ‘ Steven Kampfer (@SteveKampfer47) April 15, 2013
‘ Dave Stubbs (@Dave_Stubbs) April 15, 2013
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference tweeted Monday afternoon that Monday’s game against the Senators had been postponed, confirming an earlier report from Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston. The Bruins followed by confirming that the game had been postponed, though the makeup date is not yet known.
Game is off. Our best to everyone affected, please be safe.
The postponing comes in light of Monday’s events at the Boston Marathon, where two bomb explosions resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Bruins president Cam Neely issued the following statement:
‘After consultation with City, State and NHL officials we collectively made the decision to postpone tonight’s game. Public safety personnel from the City and State are still gathering information regarding today’s events and it is vital they have all resources available for their investigation. The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the Bruins organization are with the city of Boston and all those affected by today’s tragedy.’
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|Andrew Ference will be healthy scratch Monday vs. Senators as Dougie Hamilton returns||at 12:49 pm ET|
As the Bruins take turns resting their players leading up to the postseason, Andrew Ference will be a healthy scratch Monday.
“We’re going to rotate some players in and out here from here on in,” Claude Julien said. “We decide to make that decision no matter what, so Ference will be the one sitting out tonight.”
With Ference out, Dougie Hamilton will make his return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games. In addition to playing the entire NHL season leading up to Thursday’s loss to the Islanders, Hamilton had played in the Canada-Russia Junior Challenge series in August before playing in the OHL throughout the lockout.
“I give him a lot of credit for for how well he’s played through all of that. For a young player, to handle all of those minutes and games [is] unbelievable.”
Hamilton, 19, has four goals and 11 assists for 15 point in NHL games this season. Though he’s had some ups and downs, his rookie campaign has been largely impressive as he has been a top-four blueliner for the B’s from the get-go.
Hamilton had told Julien earlier in the season that if he wasn’t playing well enough and Julien wanted to scratch him, he’d understand. He said Monday that while he’d rather be playing, he thinks the rest could be good for him.
“Just playing so much, it feels like the end of the year, which it is, but I think just to get a rest I guess, mentally, and most of all just to get away from playing and to be able to come back, it kind of feels like junior a little bit when you get the week off and then you go back to playing the weekend,” he said. “Hopefully I didn’t get too rusty over that couple days, but I think I feel good.”
Added Hamilton: “Obviously it’s a lot more fun playing and being in the room and I guess being part of the team, but I thought it was good.”
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|Barry Pederson on D&C: Bruins ‘need to get their power play going’||02.12.13 at 11:32 am ET|
NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to talk about the team’s hot start to the season.
The Bruins are 8-1-1 and two points behind the Devils for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. However, there is one area of play where the B’s definitely can improve.
“A big concern, of course, I think is the power play,” Pederson said. “These games right now, even though they’re off to the best start in franchise history in 10 games at 8-1-1, their power play is right near the bottom again. They got away with it in the Stanley Cup run, but I don’t think you can do it two years in a row. They need to get their power play going. They’ve outplayed teams I think a lot more than the score shows.”
One of the Bruins’ most aggressive and controversial players is Brad Marchand. He is off to a great start, scoring six goals and recording one assist.
“Brad Marchand is an extraordinarily important part of this hockey team,” Pederson said. “He helps set a lot of the energy. He’s a good specialty team guy, he’s great with his speed, backs off the other team’s defense. As we all know, as Bruins fans, if he was on the other team I don’t think we’d like him quite as much.”
Another key part to the team’s success is Andrew Ference. While the defenseman doesn’t always get the deserved recognition, he clearly is a critical part to the team.
“I think he is one of the most underrated players on this team,” Pederson said. “He’s more gifted offensively than he’s given credit for. He’s not necessarily big in stature, but he’ll stick his nose in there. He and [Adam] McQuaid are a very, very steady tandem out there. I think one through six on team defense the Bruins are as good as anybody. … He’s a guy that’s a good leader.”