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Thoughts from the Blueline

by Taylor Walker / Boston Bruins
BOSTON -- The Bruins enjoyed a morning off off the ice today even as they geared up to take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight for the second time this season, but for the first time during the 2009-10 campaign in TD Garden.

The first bout of the season gave the Bruins a small measure of the vengeance they had sought following last springs premature playoff exit and put Tim Thomas at first in the league for shutouts when the B’s beat the Flyers 3-0 in Philadelphia.

But can the Bruins expect the Flyers to seek some revenge of their own tonight?

“The games are all pretty similar against them,” said defenseman Andrew Ference this morning. “They’re always tough and fast and usually physical and usually close.

"So I mean, we except nothing less than having to bring our 'A' game and I’m sure they’re thinking the same thing over there.

“[With] the rivalry and two good teams going at it, and that’s the way it should be,” he said.

Fellow blueliner Steven Kampfer, fresh off his first NHL game on Thursday against the Islanders, spoke this morning about making the roster for tonight’s game after watching last year’s playoff series from home.

“Now that you’re here, you’re thrown right in that rivalry. It’s exciting and you want to win,” the Michigan native said.

“You want to come in and obviously make a statement, and you want to play well against them and hopefully get another two points.”

Kampfer will fill in for the injured Mark Stuart -- lost for four to six weeks.

“Everybody coming up from Providence has done such a good job, and that speaks well to the guys down there,” lauded Ference.

“Playing the similar system as we do up here adds a level of comfort for those guys. He’s done a really good job stepping in."

But, even with the B's having won two games at home this week, Ference doesn’t expect the squad to get too comfortable tonight on Causeway Street.

“Even last game when we had a strong first period, we didn’t have a [strong] second, so there’s issues like that that we still have to get over before we hit our potential to have satisfaction,” he said.
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