- For Andrew Ference
, who skated in his first game since being suspended for three contests, it was good just to be back in the Bruins lineup.
Not so good was the final score – a 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes.
"Obviously the [end] result is pretty frustrating just because you come out and pepper them in the first period and get so few shots in the second," Ference said. "That's definitely lacking some consistency."
But he B's were consistently behind the eight ball versus the Hurricanes on Thursday and late in the second period, Carolina edged out to a 2-0 lead with a goal from Tuomo Ruutu
thanks to what Ference called a "crazy play."
"I literally couldn't even see it until it landed between us and then I tried to whack it over to [Adam] McQuaid's side and I'm pretty sure it hit his stick and it hit his chest," Ference said. "And [McQuaid] whacked at it, and then after that I'm not sure what happened to it after it hit [Rask]."
Throughout the game, Ference said that the Bruins weren't aggressive enough in winning the extra battles.
The result: 47 total shots on net, but not many valuable attempts according to Ference.
"If you can't win those races and the battles to the puck and second opportunities, it's going to be a high shot count," Ference said. "But not necessarily...really good quality [ones] on those second chances."
The Hurricanes' win completes the franchise's first regular season sweep of the Bruins after taking three victories earlier this year.
Ference, who was quick to credit the Hurricanes diligent work ethic and strong play, didn't shy away from the fact that his team didn't play the way they should or that he and his D-partner were on for two of three Carolina goals.
"We haven't played our best games against that team, but in saying that they are an effective team and they do certain things really well," said Ference of the B's four losses to Carolina. "And in this league if you're not at your best you definitely leave yourself open to be beaten."--- Anthony Gulizia