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Offense from the Defense

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Boston Bruins defensemen don’t focus their attention on scoring goals, but then again, not many NHL blueliners do.  

But on a night when the Bruins forwards were unable to score a goal, the defense chipped in and made sure they gave their team a chance to win the game. 

The B’s lost to the Rangers 3-2 in the waning seconds of overtime, but it was Andrew Ference who tied the game at 1-1, and then Adam McQuaid tied it again later in the second period. 

“It’s always nice when you can chip in offensively,” McQuaid said. “This year for myself, not as much offense as maybe I was hoping for, but some days you need different guys to step up. You can’t always have the same guys.” 

Trailing by one with 59 seconds left in the second period, McQuaid took a pass from Rich Peverley and wristed it high past Henrik Lundqvist and into the net. 

“I felt like I could get up in the rush,” McQuaid said, whose goal was his second this year. “It seems like some games, it just seems to be there and other games it’s not. It’s got to be a read from situation to situation.” 

Ference, who spurred Thursday’s offensive outburst in New Jersey with his game-tying slap shot, tied the game against the Rangers with a crafty backhander 

“I think over the last couple of years there’s been more of a focus, and it’s not even necessarily being a goal scorer, but just to open up lanes and be an option,” Ference said. “ It helps our forwards rather than them just being on their own all the time.” 

However, Ference was quick to look at the defensive production through an even-keeled scope. 

“There’s kind of a happy medium of recklessly jumping up every time and also remembering that we’re defensemen,” Ference said. 

Although the Bruins were unable to come away with the overtime win, McQuaid said there were some valuable lessons learned in the loss and he is ready to move forward. 

“Yeah, it’s disappointing,” he said. “I think it was a pretty well-played game for both teams.

"I think it came down to overtime, [and it was] obviously disappointing that we weren’t able to get the two points, but I think we can take a lot of positives from this game.”

---Anthony Gulizia

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