Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Unsung Heroic Moments: Andrew Ference breaks his leg killing a penalty - November 13, 2008

Well there hasn't been a whole lot of news and I couldn't make it to prospect camp (go go Seg Knight line!) and I saw on Twitter that Andrew Ference went to visit the BP oil spill the other day. The same day they got that second, functioning cap on it.

Now, I'm not saying that Andy actually fixed the problem. But I am saying the guy probably had a little to do with it. He did start a Carbon Neutral Challenge program for NHL players to buy carbon offset credits. He and Chara both support Right to Play, and Andy even donated a motorcycle to them for a charity auction. But enough about his charitable works. I want to talk about a fateful November night back in 2008. The Bruins beat the Habs at home, 6-1, but there was some bad news as well. Here's what I wrote about it back then:
The worst part of this whole period was Andrew Ference going down in the Bs defensive zone. He stayed down for a while, and then when the ref refused to call the injury stoppage, he had to get up and limp around until they could get it out. It probably aggravated his injury, too. Still, he still played some solid defense on one leg.
Gnarly, right? Yeah, I think we can all agree that sounds like it sucked. He was out until January 27th. Interesting point about that night: Going into the game, he lead the team with a +9 rating. He played the 4th-most minutes out of all Bruins and didn't play the third period. He was doing really really really well and then Andrei Markov slaps one from the point and snaps his tibia. Terrible news. I want to highlight one bit here, though:
Still, he still played some solid defense on one leg.
Yup, that's what I wrote a year and a half ago, and I stand by it now. Andrew Ference is an awesome dude. As for that night? There were a couple other highlights, like Stephane Yelle and Shawn Thornton each assisting on each other's goals, Carey Price posting a .806 save percentage, and Lucic absolutely destroying Mike Komisarek. Here's the video:
Ference's moment is at 3:29 or so, but the whole game is excellent.

Enjoy your summers....sigh....
(see you in Prague!)