BostonBruins.com – There’s quite the difference between respecting and despising a team. After watching Saturday’s game between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks, some fans would believe that it’s hard to do both at the same time.
Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was asked during the postgame if it was possible to both, and the blue-liner shed some light on the issue.
“You can respect and despise people at the same time,” Ference said. “You respect every team you play to a degree because it’s an NHL team and they’re battling and you’re playing a pretty tough sport – you have a certain amount of respect for everybody.
“I don’t think there’s any teams we go out there hold hands with. There’s a respect, but you just can’t say we have no respect for them, because that’s a false statement. But when you have competitive people, you’re going to butt heads and have tough games, but it’s not for a lack of respect.”
The Bruins bumped heads with the Canucks plenty of times in yesterday’s 4-3 loss to the Canucks in front of a boisterous, sold-out crowd at the TD Garden, but Ference said the team is ready to move on.
Certainly, an abundance of energy was put into preparing for the game, but it was no different than any other according to Ference.
“You put importance on every game, come out and get ready for them,” Ference said. “And obviously this one was big because of last year, and because they’re playing well. It doesn’t mean you’re mentally drained and have nothing left in the tank – you get on with it and get ready for the next day.”