VANCOUVER — For his NHL career, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference’s teams are 4-4 in Game 7 situations.
When he takes the ice for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night, he’ll be trying to push that record over the .500 mark and also make up for the missed opportunity he suffered through with Calgary in 2004.
That season, the Flames missed two opportunities to close out Tampa Bay for the Cup before succumbing in seven games.
“It was a long time ago. You obviously remember it and stuff like that, but it’s not really on my mind anymore,” he said today after the Bruins practiced at Rogers Arena, where the ultimate game will be played.
Ference might not think much about that ’04 season anymore, but it taught him a lesson about how rare the chance to play on the game’s biggest stage is. Especially now that he’s onto the second half of his career, there might not be another opportunity waiting down the road.
“It just means another chance,” said Ference, who helped the Bruins stave off elimination in Game 6 the way the Lightning did to the Flames seven years ago. “You obviously, in your whole career you’re not going to get too many shots at it. And whether it’s Game 6, Game 7, just to get in the Final is a treat. And to be with a good team that gives you a chance to win it, it’s an honor.”