Looking back: Ference gesture in 2011 playoffs

WASHINGTON – Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference still claims he had no intentions of giving the fans at Bell Centre the middle finger after he scored a goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on April 21, 2011 in Montreal.

Whether it was intentional or not, it was a defining moment for the Bruins, a statement that Boston wasn’t going to get pushed around.

After dropping the first two games of that series on home ice, the Bruins won Game 3, and Michael Ryder’s overtime goal in Game 4 gave Boston a 5-4 victory and evened the series at two games apiece.

“It looks awful; I just saw it,” he said immediately following Game 4. “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’s 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.”

The NHL fined Ference $2,500 for the gesture. The Bruins eventually won that series in seven games.