Andrew Ference was perched high above the rink anxiously staring at the ice Saturday night. Sitting in the pressbox on Level 9 at the Garden, the defenseman was antsy and couldn’t stop fidgeting. But there he stayed, watching the Bruins fall, 4-2, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Aside from bruising the arm of healthy scratch Kaspars Daugavins, there was nothing he could do about it. And Ference hated it. While serving his one-game suspension for a hit to Mikhail Grabovski’s head in Game 1, Ference was forced to watch a B’s playoff game as a spectator for the first time since 2009. The situation made him eager for tonight’s Game 3 in Toronto. “It sucks. I think the last time I had to watch a playoff game was Carolina, I don’t know how many years ago,” Ference said. “It’s awful. You want to be a part of it and you want to contribute. You know how the families feel because you have no control and you’re so invested in it. It’ll be great to get back in the mix.” With Ference out of the mix, the defensive pairings were changed and the unit collectively struggled. Tuukka Rask was faced with multiple odd-man rushes as the Leafs scored four times in the final two periods. Ference doesn’t want to overanalyze what he saw. The game is different when you’re watching from above as opposed to being on the ice, he said.
Andrew Ference not a fan of watching playoffs
Boston Herald | May 6