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Disappointed, Not Discouraged

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
BostonBruins.com -- Although the B’s have struggled out of the gate, they know from experience what it takes to get things back on track and the team continues to analyze its recent struggles in order to prepare for the Chicago Blackhawks.


Defenseman Andrew Ference said the Bruins are disappointed with their play and results so far, but are determined to make things right.

The veteran blueliner explained that the B’s wins always come from gritty hockey, not pretty hockey.

“We’re the type of team that has to work extremely hard for our victories. That’s not going to change this year, if anything it’s going to get harder.”

Ference also said that regardless of their opponent’s record or standing, the B’s need to be consistent and play their game every time they hit the ice.

“I think that the frustrating part is that we know that some of these losses are we feel because we didn’t give ourselves a chance to win with our inconsistencies and just not playing to our standards,” said Ference.

When talking about what helped the B’s be so successful last year, Ference said, “Stringing together shifts back-to-back-to-back of good pressure or even just good plays.”

We're the type of team that has to work extremely hard for our victories. That's not going to change this year, if anything it's going to get harder. - Andrew Ference
Ference is optimistic that he and his teammates are not oblivious to this and still have the right vision to improve.

“Guys know how to deal with frustrations or not scoring some goals that they should score or making mental mistakes that you normally wouldn’t -- you can’t dwell on them. I think guys are fairly aware of that.

“We know how challenging this year is going to be, but we also have a really good confidence in what we have as a group of guys and as a team.”

Ference and the Bruins have only played four of 82 games this season and looks toward the remaining 78 in a positive light.

“I guess there’s optimism saying that we know that we have a lot of room to work to improve,” added Ference.

Two days without a game will be good for the Bruins who have barely had a chance to catch their breath since the puck dropped at the TD Garden October 6th.

Ference's fellow defenseman, Dennis Seidenberg, said that taking the ice at the United Center against a Western Conference powerhouse will be a great opportunity to get the B’s rolling again.

“The game in Chicago is going to be really important for us," he said. "We just have to play smarter and just be better in our all-around game."

Seidenberg said it’s time for the B’s to raise their tally in the “W” column.

“Everybody is ready and wants to win, it’s not like we enjoy being on a losing streak. I think we’ll be ready.”

Seidenberg knows his squad has the necessary tools to get out of their slump.

“We have to go back to the roots. We all know what makes us strong and what makes us win games, we just have to do it on the ice.”

But the B’s will face another tough challenge as the two most recent Stanley Cup Champions face-off on Saturday night.

“Chicago is another step up again and it will be a great atmosphere,” added Seidenberg.

The Bruins record does not reflect upon their deep and determined roster. Yes, the Black & Gold are disappointed with the outcomes of the last few games, but they are also putting their early struggles behind them.

“Frustrated? Yeah. But discouraged I don’t think is the proper word to use right now,” added Ference.

---John Griffin
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