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FERENCE PRESS CONFERENCE

FERENCE PRESS CONFERENCE

BOSTON BRUINS DEFENSEMAN ANDREW FERENCE

On drawing on the resilience the team showed in the 2011 SCF …
A bit, I guess. I think there’s no secret what it takes. Everybody knows that. You can draw on it all you want and you can reminisce about it all you want, but you got to do it. It’s easy to call yourself resilient, but you got to do it and that’s not just once. You have to do it when it counts, and obviously that’s tonight.

On what needs to be improved upon from Game 5…
I think whenever we win we always talk about little details that set teams apart. With the way that this series and all the playoffs are, and how close the games are, how close the teams are, sometimes it’s almost impossible to see the differences that set teams apart. It is small details in every individual’s game and paying attention to them and just being accountable for doing your job. As long as collectively everybody does that, you give yourself a chance. The wins are earned here and that’s something, like you said, the difference between winning and losing is extremely small. Right now, they’ve earned their wins and I think we’ve earned ours.

On feeling more jitters in an elimination game…
I don’t know. I guess every individual has a different feeling about it. I think, for me, playoff games are playoff games. I think they all hold the same intensity—Game 1 right through the end. Every win is as important as the next. Obviously, everybody knows it’s elimination, but I don’t think the preparation changes or anything like that.

On Patrice Bergeron’s status…
I have no idea. We’re in the dark as much as you are, so it’s probably easier that way.

On how different the lineup will look without Bergeron…
It changes for sure. It’s the same as anybody. But like I said, honestly, we’re in the dark as well as far as player availability. There’s no sense in really speculating for us.

On Game 6 as a test of character…
It’s a challenge. It doesn’t matter who’s in the lineup. Playing against a good team in the Finals, it’s a challenge no matter what the situations are, whether you’re up or down. You treat it the same way, you prepare for it the same way, and I think what it takes to win doesn’t change from Game 1 to Game 6. It still takes the same commitment and the same effort and all that. Obviously, we have to win tonight to keep our chances alive, but the game remains the same. What it takes of everybody to get a win at this point in the season remains the same as well.

On what it will take to win tonight…
It’s a tough one for sure. Like you said, I’ve been on both sides where I’ve had a chance to win in Game 6 and didn’t and ended up losing, and then vice versa. It’s a difficult game to win. Obviously, at this point in the series there’s no secrets between each other. Everybody knows the stakes and what you’re going to get out of each other. It’s just a matter of, like I said, that razor-thin line of success or defeat. It just depends on individual performances and small, little details that if you’re showing up for your first hockey game tonight you wouldn’t be able to see. Everybody in the room knows what they have to do, and you hope that’s enough to put you over the edge.

 

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