CHICAGO -- Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference is 34 years old and he's been in the NHL since 1999, so he knows how to handle tough breaks, such as the one that went against him Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya scored a game-tying goal with 7:46 remaining in regulation that went into the net off Ference's left skate. Thursday, Ference said he immediately shook it off and went about the business of trying to win the game.
"You'd drive yourself crazy," Ference said when asked if that puck-off-the-skate goal haunted him after the Bruins' 4-3 triple-overtime loss. "I might have when I was 22 or something like that, but at this point it was out of my mind on the next shift. At this point you almost kind of shake your head at it and say, 'What can you do?' You hope somewhere down the line you shoot one off of one of their feet.
"That's the way playoffs go. There are certain plays you can control and there are certain plays you wouldn't change a single thing you did and the puck goes in. I'm not wasting any energy thinking about that."
The Bruins as a whole didn't want to waste much time thinking about either of the last two goals Chicago scored in Game 1. After Oduya's deflection off Ference's skate, Andrew Shaw got credit for the game-winner 12:08 into the third overtime on a double deflection that went in off his leg.
Bruins coach Claude Julien called them "hockey breaks" and said you have to give credit to the Blackhawks for making them happen.
"It's those two tough bounces that went in and there's nothing you can do," Bruins center Patrice Bergeron said. "It's hard to say something should have been done differently on those goals. It could have gone either way. They got the bounce and we've gotta move on, worry about Game 2 now."
That game is Saturday at United Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
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