Defenseman Andrew Ference, who has been out since March 25 with a hernia, appeared ready to go prior to Game 1 of the Bruins’ playoff series against the Sabres, bolstering a blue-line corps that has been painfully thin in recent weeks.
“It was a good week of practice,” Ference told NESN’s Naoko Funayama on Thursday’s edition of W.B. Mason Bruins Faceoff Live. “[I was] getting back to some more full-speed stuff with the guys. It’s tough to gauge when you’re just out there by yourself and just doing some fluid skating, but to get back in the drills where [the pace] picked up a bit, [the hernia] has held up well.”
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