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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Like you, I have been pleasantly surprised with several of the new Bruins -- and not just Mr. Bochenski, who has more than a few fans already singing his praises with his 4-2-6 line in six games.


In particular, I am talking about defenseman Andrew Ference, powder keg Jeremy Reich and defenseman Bobby Allen, all of whom found admirers in the web pages of the Boston newspapers, today.

Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald wrote:
Coach Dave Lewis said Reich’s filling that energy role very well. “He’s been really good,” said Lewis after the Bruins practiced yesterday at the Wachovia Center in preparation for tonight’s game against the Flyers. “He’s been a good influence on the ice. He’s a good teammate in the locker room and he competes at a level that’s important for him to compete at. And he’s a safe player. You feel comfortable that he’ll get the job done. He’s a young guy and he doesn’t play 20 minutes, but the minutes he does play are very effective minutes. That’s important for him to understand and it’s important for everybody to understand. There’s no such thing as a poor minute or a wasted minute. All those minutes are critical.”

Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe wrote:
In the first period of Boston’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night, Ference traded punches with Jochen Hecht in a fight the defenseman believed had to take place. "That’s good, honest hockey," said Ference after the team’s one-hour practice at the Wachovia Center yesterday in preparation for tonight’s game against the Flyers. "It’s a nice part of the game where guys who don’t fight all the time get in the heat of the battle and have something happen. That’s what makes hockey an attractive sport. It’s honest and you have to be accountable for what you do out there." The fight, his first in a Boston uniform since the four-player trade that sent Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau to the Flames, was the latest manner in which Ference has made an impact with his new club.

Doug Flynn, of BostonHerald.com wrote:
Just as importantly, the Bruins took the body all game long. They finished with a 27-15 edge in hits, with 14 different Bruins being credited with at least one hit. Only Kessel, Glen Murray, Stanislav Chistov and Paul Mara failed to record a hit among Boston skaters. Bobby Allen was a surprising leader in that category with five hits, while Ference chipped in a pair and reich had one hit, a shot and was a plus-1 despite playing less time (4:41) than he served for his fighting major. It was quite a night for Allen. Not only did he lead the Bruins in hits, he also had the top plus-minus at plus-3 to get back to even for the season...and also recorded his first NHL point with an assist on Shean Donovan’s goal.

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