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.