The Boston Bruins rallied for a 5-4 overtime win in Montreal last night, but there's more to talk about at the water cooler this morning beyond Michael Ryder's OT winner at the Bell Centre.
With the Canadiens leading 3-1 in the second period, Andrew Ference hammered a shot past Habs goaltender Carey Price to close the gap to 3-2 (or 2-3 as NESN play-by-play man Jack Edwards might say).
Ference then skated past the faceoff circle and approached the glass with his stick in his right hand. Then with his left hand, the Bruins defenseman raised his middle finger in the direction of the Canadiens fans sitting in the lower section behind the glass.
Ference said he didnít intend to flip the bird.
ďIt looks awful,íí Ference said. ďI just saw it. I can assure you thatís not part of my repertoire. I donít know if my glove got caught up or what. I can assure you thatís not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful. I admit it. I completely apologize to how it looks. But I can assure you ó you guys have covered me long enough to know thatís not part of my repertoire. I was putting my fist in the air. Iím sorry. It does look awful. I donít know what else to say.íí
Ference could be disciplined for the one-fingered salute. Earlier this season, Montreal defenseman James Wisniewski, then with the Islanders, was suspended for two games for making a lewd gesture at the Rangersí Sean Avery.
ďAll I can do is tell you the truth. And thatís the truth,íí Ference said of his intentions. ďI totally agree that it does look bad. But I can assure you thatís not part of who I am or what I ever will be. I know it looks bad, but I think my glove got caught up there, pumping my fist. I donít score too many goals. Thatís about all I have in my repertoire.íí
Ference had a goal and two hits in 19:56 of ice time. If Ference is suspended, the Bruins would be without a valuable two-way defenseman.
ďI didnít see it, so I canít comment,íí coach Claude Julien said. ďIíve heard about it. I didnít see it at all. I havenít even had a chance to talk to Andrew. If you ask me, Iím surprised. Because thatís not Andrew at all. Iím shocked. Again, I donít know whether it happened or what. But Iíd be very surprised. Thatís not his style at all.íí
What do you think? Did Ference's glove get "caught up there" or was he covering up for raising up his finger to send a message to the Canadiens fans?
Material from Fluto Shinzawa's Bruins notebook was used in this report.