WILMINGTON, Mass. — After taking part in the Bruins’ first postseason practice, defenseman Andrew Ference said it was up to the medical and coaching staff to determine if he’ll be available for Thursday night’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with Buffalo. To that end, head coach Claude Julien classified Ference as a”possibility” to return from his groin/hernia injury to face the Sabres.
As far as how long Ference will last once he’s back in the lineup, the defenseman wasn’t exactly a model of optimism.
“If I get lucky,” the realistic Ference said when asked if he could be at the point where the injury would hold up for a long period of time. “I need surgery to get to that point. It’s out of my hands.”
Ference will have that surgery once the season is concluded or it’s determined he won’t be able to help the Bruins. And that’s really the point right now. As long as Ference at less than 100 percent can help the team’s cause more than a higher percentage of another player, Ference will try to give it a go.
“It’s not important that I’m in there, it’s important that healthy people are in there that can benefit the team,” he said. “So if my injury’s good enough, then obviously you do anything you can to get in the lineup. I’ve said it before, you need to know where that line is of being selfish and helping the team. If it’s not good enough, then it’s not going to help the team to be in there.”
•On the other injury fronts, Julien said it’s unlikely we’d see Mark Stuart or Marc Savard in this series. Dennis Seidenberg was originally diagnosed as out eight weeks, so he is also not a possibility to play against Buffalo.