With the Eastern Conference Finals set to begin and a spot in the 2013 Stanley Cup Final on the line, it should come as no surprise that every member of the Pittsburgh Pengiuns and Boston Bruins rosters are hoping to contribute in any way possible for the series. One of the players who is chomping at the bit to get back on the ice is Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference. He is hoping to find a way to contribute to the team despite not yet being cleared to play in the series.
“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, via Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com. “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.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien was asked by reporters if Ference could make a return to the ice for Game one tonight, but he was non-committal. There was some positive news, however, because ESPNBoston.com’s Joe McDonald says Julien let it be known that the defenseman could return by series end.
“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.”
The puck for tonight’s Penguins vs. Bruins Game 1 is at 8:00 p.m. ET.