Habs aren't buying Ference's story

Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference is interviewed between games 3 and 4 of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup...

Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference is interviewed between games 3 and 4 of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup 1st round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. (Todd Bissonette/QMI AGENCY)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:03 PM ET

MONTREAL -- The NHL and Carey Price aren't buying what Andrew Ference is selling.

The Boston Bruins defenceman was fined the maximum $2,500 for what the league determined was an obscene gesture directed at the Bell Centre crowd after scoring during the Bruins' 5-4 overtime win Thursday night.

Replays of the play showed Ference's middle finger extended as he pumped his fist into the air, though after the game, Ference said he had experienced a wardrobe malfunction and said it is not his character to flip off the crowd.

Price broke into a big grin was he was asked if he had seen the replay of Ference's gesture.

"I don't know. That's a tough one," the Canadiens goaltender said when asked to comment. "It's pretty funny. I have some stuff out there I'm not very proud of, either. It is what it is and I'm sure he feels bad about it."

Did Price catch Ference's explanation?

"Yeah," said Price with a sideways look. "C'mon, man. I'm sure he feels shame."

Ference's single-finger salute came after he scored the Bruins' second goal. After the game he tried to downplay its significance, blaming it on his equipment.

"I just saw it and I know it looks really bad, but I can assure you that is not part of who I am," Ference said after the game, which evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal 2-2. "I apologize. That is not part of my repertoire. My glove got caught up there."

The fine is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations Mike Murphy levied the fine for violating Rule 75.5 (ii) of the NHL rule book. League disciplinarian Colin Campbell cannot rule on games involving the Bruins because his son Gregory plays for the team.


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