Ference will have to pay for gesture

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

Andrew Ference gave the one finger salute Thursday night to Montreal hockey fans.

One way or another he'll have to pay.

The Boston Bruins defenceman was taking it on the chin when he was caught by the Hockey Night in Canada cameras flipping the bird to the fans at the Bell Centre after scoring at 9:59 of the second period.

It will go down in Montreal Canadiens' folklore as the "Ference Finger" and he'll join the long list of Boston players already hated in the city. Ference will likely still be in line behind villain Zdeno Chara, though.

While Ference apologized for the incident and was being ripped on twitter, he'll certainly face the maximum fine of $2,500 US and there is a chance he'll get suspended because Gary Bettman doesn't take this lightly.

"This is what really enrages me," said CBC analyst Glenn Healy.

Healy won't be alone on that front.

OFF THE GLASS

A lot of Boston media wanted Michael Ryder to be a healthy scratch in favour of rookie Tyler Seguin after the first two losses. Coach Claude Julien stuck to his guns and refused to make changes. He looked like a genius as Ryder scored twice in Game 4 -- including the OT winner at 1:59 -- to tie up the series 2-2. Ryder played 13:58 and had three points in the victory ... Don Cherry was all over Chara after the first on Coaches Corner. "The Bruins have to get Chara back to playing where everybody is afraid of him," said Cherry. "Who is afraid of him anymore? I know he's been sick, but he's playing like this, and he's got to play like (Chris) Pronger. Pronger is a force out there and this guy (Chara) doesn't want to get a penalty. People come near him and he's so afraid." Chara finished with 27:39 of ice time and looked good after the first ... Didn't take long for the Canucks to push the panic button in Game 5 against the Hawks. After giving up two goals in a span of 55 seconds in the first to Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith, coach Alain Vigneault called a timeout at 6:18 with Chicago up 2-0. The Canucks were down 3-0 after the first and the fans were in a state of shock.

THIS 'N' THAT

Another day, another hearing: This time, it was Anaheim LW Jarkko Ruutu facing VP of discipline Colin Campbell for a late hit on Nashville's Martin Erat in Game 4 Wednesday. Ruutu is a repeat offender and received a one game suspension. Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz (1), Tampa's Steve Downie (1), Anaheim's Bobby Ryan (2) and Jarrett Stoll (1) of Los Angeles have all served suspensions. Erat won't travel to Anaheim for Game 5 and Nashville coach Barry Trotz called Ruutu "a five minute player." What's going on? "It's competitiveness I guess, but I don't get it," said Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean. "Guys are making hits to the head and I guess the only explanation is that guys are just all wound up. Every player is told before they go on the ice to play hard and play smart. Well, playing smart is the No. 1 thing. Some of the dumb moves are unbelievable." ... G Carey Price hasn't won a playoff game in Montreal since April 24, 2008 against Philadelphia. He has suffered seven straight losses now ... Put your hand up if you picked Chris Kelly to send Game 4 to OT for the Bruins. Me neither.

AROUND THE BOARDS

The biggest question of these playoffs: Are we going to see Pittsburgh C Sidney Crosby? He has been out since January with post-concussion syndrome and has skated without contact. "I just don't think we're going to see him in the playoffs," former NHL goalie Greg Millen, who is covering the Tampa-Pittsburgh series for CBC, told Snapshots. "For whatever reason he just hasn't been given clearance to play. He practises, but he doesn't take contact. They are keeping it so quiet, it could change (Saturday). Put it this way: There's just no reason to believe he'll be playing." ... The Sharks had to go back to Antti Niemi in Game 4 in Los Angeles. There probably wasn't even a whole lot in the way of discussion about the decision.

THE LAST WORD

There are concerns about the goaltending in Vancouver. Roberto Luongo was pulled after allowing four goals on 12 shots in the second and replaced by Cory Schneider. That means Vigneault has set himself up to have to answer questions. Luongo couldn't do much on Hossa's second of the game on a breakaway. "This is like men playing with boys," said CBC's Craig Simpson ... It didn't turn out the way D Brent Sopel would have scripted his first goal with the Habs. He opened the scoring and hadn't seen the red light since Feb. 5 while with Atlanta ... Short trip for P.K Subban from hero to goat. He scored in the third and then made a bad change in OT to help set up Ryder's winner.


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