Ference

BOSTON — If there’s a Bruins player that knows what it’s like to return from a lengthy injury absence, it’s defenseman Andrew Ference.

The veteran has had to battle back from numerous ailments the last three years, including the groin/hernia problem he is playing through right now. After practice today, Ference provided some insight into why Marc Savard, who will play Saturday against Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, should be all right for his first game since March 7.

“Where a guy like him has a step up, no matter what, if you’re hurt, you have to work extremely hard to get back. Everybody has to do it. Our trainers do a good job of making sure you’re skating pretty hard and getting all your physical shape back. So it’s good for everybody, as long as you’re dedicated,” said Ference. “And he is. When you get into the games, probably the hardest thing for anybody is just getting the brain up to speed and thinking the game. Obviously, when you talk about one of Savvy’s best traits, it is the way he sees the game and the way he thinks it. So he’s got a step up on most guys coming back at this point of the season.”