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FERENCE HAPPY WITH BRUINS PLAY

FERENCE HAPPY WITH BRUINS PLAY

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BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERRENCE

On fighting through a tough game to get two points…

We started off with a shootout win, which is nice. The last few years, we probably were down a few in those. Not as pretty or as well put together as the last game, but still, found a way to pull one out, so a nice finish.

On losing Chara at a critical time while having to kill a penalty…

We’ve had a good penalty kill for a number of years now. Our forwards probably don’t get as much credit as they deserve either. Whether it’s Kelly or Bergeron up front, especially in those situations, they make our life really easy. I think there’s just that confidence going into those situations where it’s the same personnel a lot of the times, or a combination of just a couple. With doing it so many times together, you kind of know where each other is going, and it’s not as nerve-racking as it should be.

On his thoughts on Dougie Hamilton, especially playing on the top pairing today…

He got a lot more ice, but talking to him, he doesn’t seem uncomfortable at all. It’s not the pace that’s going to bother him, because he’s a great skater, and so he can keep up with the pace. Everything just happens a little bit quicker, which he’s doing fine with. He’s the type of guy, he can move the puck, and I think he mentioned it as well; it’s almost easier to play at this level because all your teammates are in such good position. That’s the biggest difference between this league and every other league pretty much, is guys do have such good positional hockey. He’s able to jump in with his skill set a lot easier than a guy that’s just working hard, or anything like that, because he’s got the raw talent.

On the special teams units getting time, and if they’re clicking…

The penalty kill is. The power play, I don’t know if it’s ever been a special team for us, but there were a couple at least where we had some momentum and some chances. That was nice to see. You never want to see ones where you’re just giving the other team momentum out of it, not getting anything. I think for us at this point, you don’t expect the great tic-tac-toe plays, but at least some jump out of it, and make their penalty killers work.

On if the defense is slightly ahead of the offense right now…

Our defense is always pretty good. And when I say our team defense, our system has been solid. We’ve had the same coaching staff, we’ve had a lot of the same players for a number of years, and so that part of our game has always been the foundation. Usually everything starts there, and you work your way out. Like I said, I don’t think anybody is expecting the lines to be going on full throttle right now, or catching each other in stride, and reading each other perfectly in the [offensive] zone. Defense is easier to play as a team, so obviously it’s going to be ahead at this point in the season. That’s kind of the way our team has played all the time.

On playing half of overtime with only three players and holding Winnipeg without a shot…

It’s confidence in the penalty kill, but it’s also the time in the game. You know the ice isn’t wonderful to work on, and we can read off each other fairly well with pressure. You just go out there, and skate around and try to stop them.

On if the defense has an advantage when the ice isn’t as good…

Oh yeah, without a doubt. It’s a different power play when you’re out there at the start of the period.

On if it was a relief to see little it the post to end the shootout after the Bruins hit three posts during the game…

I guess so. I don’t know, there were some scrambles and some goal-mouth scrambles where we could of put a couple of pucks away. Posts happen, but we missed a couple of our opportunities ourselves. I don’t think anyone was feeling overly frustrated. Those things happen, and they balance themselves out through the course of the season.

On getting into the rhythm of a matinee…

Matinee or night, I think it’s just the second game together. Everybody is trying to work through some timing more than anything. I think more than anything everybody feels good as far as our conditioning, and skating, and all the raw tools that we have. But I think it’s just timing with your linemates is the biggest thing, because things happen quick, and defenses are very sharp in this league, so to try to beat them, it takes some pretty good plays. It takes a while for guys to just be clicking at a normal pace.

On the opportunities the team had at the end of the second period and if he looks at it as a positive…

Of course. As long as you’re generating, and obviously you don’t want to be doing that every game where at the end of the night you’re saying, ‘wow, we had a lot of great chances, but [we] didn’t put them away.’ That’s going to happen from game-to-game, but as long as it doesn’t become too much of a theme, then it’s ok. But it’s the same thing as a power play; you want the momentum first of all, and you want to at least make the defensive teamwork in their zone, and tire their guys out. Eventually, the math is going to catch up, and you’re going to put one back. As long as it doesn’t become too much of a habit where you’re only creating chances, and not goals.

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