BOSTON -- Andrew Ference figured something was up as he sat on the Calgary Flames team bus in Buffalo.
All the players were on it and ready to go. But the coaches were nowhere to be found.
"I was sitting there talking to Iggy (Jarome Iginla) and we thought something was up for sure because nobody was getting on," said Ference. "Then the assistant coach came on and said, 'Andy, we've traded you to Boston.'
"That was it. We were kind of looking at each other stunned. Then there were a lot of handshakes. It was tough. I had to say bye to my buddies in a couple of minutes and dig my stuff out of the bottom of the bus."
Ference was traded to the Boston Bruins with Chuck Kobasew on Friday in exchange for Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau. Last night Ference made his debut for the Bruins against the Oilers - a team he knows well.
"I'm happy it's the Oilers, because it's at least a familiar opponent," he said. "You're playing with a new team, so at least the guys coming down on you won't be a total surprise. I'm sure there won't be a lot of love lost either. At least I'll know where the battle levels are."
Ference had a couple of days to grow accustomed to his new surroundings and get over the initial shock of the trade. Last night was his first game in a Bruins uniform.
Ference, 27, arrived in Boston on Monday in time to skate with the team and get to know his new teammates.
With the Flames he was one of the most popular guys in the room.
"You could tell that right away," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis.
"Just meeting him the other day for the first time, he was very comfortable and he interacts well with his teammates - I could tell that immediately. He'll certainly have no problem fitting in here."
At least Ference's parents don't have to cheer for the Flames anymore.
"My parents are having a good laugh," Ference said. "They said they can finally take their Oiler jerseys out of the closet. They're up in Sherwood Park all happy because they don't have to pretend like they don't like the Oilers anymore."
- TIM THOMAS: Made a number of big saves to earn his second shutout of the season and third of his career.
- DWAYNE ROLOSON: Kept the Oilers within striking distance while they tried to find their legs.
- MARCO STURM: Two goals for the Bruins.
- MARC-ANDRE BERGERON: Fought the puck most of the night.
- OFFENCE: D
- DEFENCE: C
- GOALTENDING: B
- POWER PLAY: D
- PENALTY KILLING: D
- DISCIPLINE: D
- EFFORT: C
- Brandon Bochenski centred the puck to Zdeno Chara, who swatted at it but couldn't get his stick on it. While it bounced around, it went off defenceman Steve Staios's skate and into the net with 4:47 left in the first.
- A minute later, Patrice Bergeron took a shot from close in and it bounced off Dwayne Roloson's stick to Marco Sturm, who whacked it in.
- Sturm added an empty-netter with 2:12 left, with an assist from Bochenski, on a turnaround slap shot from centre ice just seconds after Roloson left for an extra skater. - AP
BRUINS 3, OILERS 0
1. Boston, Bochenski 6 (Bergeron, Savard) 15:13 (pp)
2. Boston, Sturm 16 (Bergeron, Bochenski) 16:15 (pp)
Penalties -- Bochenski Bos (interference) 6:57, Greene Edm, Reich Bos (fighting) 12:20, Hejda Edm (interference) 13:39, Smid Edm (hooking) 14:28, Smith Edm (delay of game) 16:31.
Penalties -- Ference Bos (delay of game) 5:16, Alberts Bos (hooking) 7:53, Sykora Edm (holding) 11:19, Mara Bos (holding) 12:54, Axelsson Bos (hooking) 15:13.
3. Boston, Sturm 17 (Bochenski, Alberts) 17:48 (en)
Penalties -- Alberts Bos (cross-checking) 8:59, Tenkrat Bos (hooking) 13:44, Smith Edm (interference) 19:04.
SHOTS ON GOAL BY
Edmonton 6 14 12--32
Boston 9 6 8--23
Goal -- Edmonton: Roloson (L,23-22-4); Boston: Thomas (W,23-17-3).
Power play (goals-chances) -- Edmonton 0-7; Boston 2-5.
Referees -- Dan O'Rourke, Don Van Massenhoven.
ATTENDANCE AT BOSTON -- 16,449 (17,565).
Marco Sturm has the puck bounce to him in front of the net while on the power play and he wires a shot over the shoulder of Dwayne Roloson. The goal gave the Bruins a two-goal cushion.
- SABRES: Tomorrow, 5 p.m., HSBC Arena (SNet, 630 CHED)