Ference fined for gesture

Andrew Ference. (YouTube)

Andrew Ference. (YouTube)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:01 PM ET

The NHL fined Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference $2,500 Friday for his obscene gesture The NHL wasnt buying what Andrew Ference was 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 Bostons second goal in what turned out to be a 5-4 Bruins victory in overtime.

Replays of the play showed Ferences 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.

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 told reporters after the game, which evened their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal 2-2.

I apologize. That is not svpart 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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