WILMINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Bruins might add some green to their lineup tonight for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Carolina at TD Banknorth Garden, but it has nothing to do with the Celtics.
Defenseman Andrew Ference, a noted environmentalist, might be in uniform for a game for the first time since he suffered an undisclosed injury April 4. Ference has been practicing with the team all week and skating for more than a week.
“The last week has been a good progression toward getting ready,” Ference said after the Bruins’ morning skate at Ristuccia Arena. “I feel ready. At the end of the day, it’s coach’s decision. I wish I could say yes or no for myself, but it’s their decision, that’s their job to determine if I’m ready.”
Head coach Claude Julien said Ference’s entrance into the lineup will be a game-time decision. Ference is hoping that he doesn’t have to watch from afar any longer.
“It’s a lot less nerve-racking to be on the ice than to watch from the box. It sucks up there,” admitted Ference. “It’s great when you’re winning, it’s nice to see. But every time the other team scores, it kills you because it’s out of your control. So I’m excited. I’m not a good spectator.”