Andrew Ference Fined $2,500 For Giving Middle Finger To Montreal Crowd

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Andrew Ference Handed Maximum Fine For Middle Finger In Game 4

If I knew a $2,500 fine was coming my way for giving the middle finger to 20,000 people that aren't too fond of me, I would likely milk that for all it's worth.

Apparently, Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins doesn't have that same feeling, because after he flipped the bird at the Bell Centre crowd on Thursday night, he apologized in his post-game comments.

On Friday, the NHL handed down that $2,500 fine -- the maximum penalty for any type of obscene gesture. That's in accordance with League Rule 75.5(ii).

Seriously though, his comments after the game were hilarious. Via CSNNE.com:

"It looks awful; I just saw it," said Ference follwing the game. "I can assure you that's not part of my repertoire. I think my glove got caught up. I can assure you that's not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful. I admit it and I completely apologize to how it looks. I was putting my fist in the air. I'm sorry. It does look awful. I don't know what else to say."

"Honestly, I have no idea [how it happened]," he said. "It looks really bad. All I can do is tell you the truth, and [my finger getting stuck in my glove is] the truth. 

"I totally agree it looks bad. I can assure you that's not who I am or ever will be. I was pumping my fist in the air. I don't score too many goals and that's about all I have in my [celebration] repertoire."

Yes, flipping the bird is all he has in his repertoire.

The facts are simple here. Ference flipped off an entire city Thursday. He doesn't want to admit that, even though he knew he was going to get this maximum fine a day later. Why not just say what you did? Why come up with the elaborate "my finger was somehow raised during my fist pump" lie?

You're already getting fined. Just go down with the (hilarious) ship. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Hatred Between Two Teams Coming Out As Series Extends

The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens have already shown their displeasure in the regular season with a game that ended in a brawl and another game almost ending with the police being called. So when these two teams were lined up against each other many expected that there would be fireworks in every game of the series. 

Through the first four games of the series though, the two teams have kept the extracurricular activities to a minimum. The Bruins and Canadiens have averaged a combined 17 penalty minutes/game through the first four games and only two fights have occurred through Games 1-4. 

Andrew Ference has started to change that sentiment with his one finger salute to the crowd at the Bell Centre after his goal on Thursday night. Ference claims that he didn't intentionally flip the crowd off, but that's about as believable as a Nigerian prince giving me one million dollars. The frustration was apparent in how the Canadiens were outplaying the Bruins at that point and the crowd was really laying into the Bruins as well. 

The Bruins and Canadiens have to face each other in at least two more games and in front of each home crowd at least once. As the series intensity continues to grow, it will be interesting to see how that spills onto the ice. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Michael Ryder Gives Boston Overtime Victory

The Montreal Canadiens took the first two games on Boston ice to give themselves a 2-0 series lead. The Boston Bruins have come back and taken two games on Montreal ice to even the series back at 2-2. Michael Ryder scored two minutes into the overtime period to give themselves a 5-4 victory over the Canadiens. 

Ryder found the puck in front of the net off of a rebound and was all alone in front of Carey Price which made it easy to find the back of the net. This was Ryder's second goal of the game as he got the Bruins scoring started in the first period. 

Montreal finished the first period with a 1-0 lead off of a Brent Sopel goal. The two teams combined for five goals in the second period to bring the score to a 3-3 tie. Ryder's first goal came in the first two minutes of the second period. The Canadiens scored twice in a minute off the sticks of Mike Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn. The Bruins got the last two goals at the end of the period from Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron. 

P.K. Subban gave the Canadiens their third lead of the game on their first powerplay of the game. That lead lasted until the 6:18 mark of the third period when Chris Kelly poked the tying goal past Carey Price. 

The Canadiens outshot the Bruins 38-35 in the game, but held a 15-8 advantage after the first period that the Bruins slowly chipped away at. Carey Price finished the game with 30 saves in the loss while Tim Thomas finished the game with 34 saves for the win. 

These two teams will face off in Boston on Saturday night to break the series tie. For more information on this game, please visit our Bruins site, Stanley Cup of Chowder, and our Canadiens site, Habs Eyes On The Prize, and for all of your information on the series, check out our series page here at SBNation.com

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Chris Kelly And P.K. Subban Sends Game Into Overtime

The Montreal Canadiens were determined to head back to Boston with a 3-1 series lead as P.K. Subban scored on the powerplay 1:39 into the period. But the Bruins were just as determined to not let that happen as Chris Kelly tied the game with 6:18 left in the period to send the game into overtime. 

Subban's goal came on an interesting powerplay for the Canadiens. Subban broke his stick early in the powerplay and was able to head back to the bench, retrieve a stick, and cycle back into the powerplay without disrupting the flow of the powerplay. Subban came back into the fold and found himself in above the circle on the left hand side of the ice and was able to beat Tim Thomas. Subban's shot may have deflected off of Dennis Seidenberg's foot, but the shot itself was a laser shot as well. 

Chris Kelly's shot came from Kelly being able to stand in front of the net and keep poking the puck on Carey Price and eventually get it past the goaltender. The goal came after Price made some incredible saves a few minutes earlier in the period on Johnny Boychuk and Patrice Bergeron. 

Price has been impressive in the game thus far as he has 30 saves in the game while Boston's Tim Thomas has 32 saves. Both goaltenders have made their fair share of good saves, but Price seems to have the more highlight reel type goals in this game. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Both Teams Get Into An Offensive Bonanza For 3-3 Tie In Second

After the Canadiens pretty much dominated the first period over Boston Bruins, the two teams contributed for five goals combined in the second period for a 3-3 tie after forty minutes. 

Boston's Michael Ryder started the scoring as he came off the bench and Tomas Kaberle hit him in stride for an easy shot over the shoulder of goaltender Carey Price. That came at the 2:13 mark of the second. Montreal's offense found their stride again as the Canadiens scored two goals within a minute of each other. Mike Cammalleri and Andrei Kostitsyn scored the goals to give Montreal a 3-1 lead with 12 minutes left in the second period. 

Boston was able to compose themselves and they were able to close the lead to within one goal on an Andrew Ference goal with 10 minutes left to go in the period. Ference showed his frustration with the Bell Centre crowd as he gave the one-finger salute to the crowd during his celebration. Patrice Bergeron was able to tie the game with two minutes remaining in the second period. 

The Bruins and Canadiens combined for 29 shots on goal, with Boston leading 15-14 in the period. The Canadiens are now outshooting the Bruins 30-22 in the game. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 4: Brent Sopel Gives Montreal A 1-0 Lead After First Period

The Montreal Canadiens have come out after losing to the Bruins on home ice on Monday night with a purpose as they have essentially outplayed the Bruins in the first period of their Game 4 matchup on Thursday. Brent Sopel has the lone goal for the Canadiens as Montreal leads 1-0 after one period. 

Sopel's goal was more of a case of being in the right place at the right time. David Desharnais circled the net and he drew most of the Bruins defenders close to the net which allowed Brent Sopel to drift into the offensive zone. Desharnais passed the puck through the traffic in front of the net and Sopel was able to beat a screened Tim Thomas. 

The Canadiens have been the far better team in the first period as they have outshot the Bruins 15-8. Brian Gionta leads the Canadiens and all of the players on the ice with three shots on net. Tim Thomas has made 14 saves thus far into the game and have survived the barrage at times to keep the Bruins to within one goal of the Canadiens. 

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Bruins Vs. Canadiens, Game 4: In Swing Game, Habs Look To Build Commanding Lead

Game 4 is typically the most important game in a series, as it represents the difference between a tie series and a commanding lead. That's no different on Thursday night as the Montreal Canadiens host the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of their 2011 first round NHL playoff series.

After getting themselves back in the festivities thanks to some timely offense, some help in the form of Carey Price and some big saves late from Tim Thomas, the Bruins are set to tie the series with another win at Bell Centre.

But can we expect that? Well, when it's the Bruins and Habs we can't really expect much of anything, but if I'm a fan in Boston, I'm nervous over the third period in Game 3. The Bruins stormed out to a 3-0 lead in that game, but Montreal slowly worked their way back into the game. By the end of the third, the Habs were just a save or two away from evening the score.

The point? With the exception of about 30 minutes to start Game 3, the Canadiens have been the better team over the course of this series. We'll see if that continues in Game 4. It's a big swing game. 

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