Ference probable for Game One of playoffs

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins held their first practice on Tuesday morning at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for their upcoming first-round playoffs series against the Buffalo Sabres.

It's also that time of the year when players are bruised and banged up after an arduous 82-game season. Bruins oft-injured defenseman Andrew Ference, who missed 17 of the last 21 regular-season games due to a groin/hernia injury, practiced with the team and is a possibility to play Game One on Thursday in Buffalo.

Ference said he feels good enough to play, but added the decision will be up to coach Claude Julien.

"It's as good as it's going to get," said Ference of his injury.

Julien said it's a good possibility Ference will be in the available for Game One.

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SAVARD/STUART UNAVAILABLE: Bruins forward Marc Savard (Grade 2 concussion) and defenseman Mark Stuart (hand infection) will not be available for this series against the Sabres, according to Julien. The coach called it “very doubtful” that either one will be back.