This morning, Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference
was fined $2,500 for an obscene gesture made during Game 4 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night at the Bell Centre.
The incident was reviewed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy and Ference responded to the ruling during the Bruins media availability Friday afternoon.
"I talked to Mike Murphy...and explained the same thing that I told you guys last night," said Ference, who scored the Bruins second goal of the game during the second period of last night's 5-4 overtime win for Boston.
"He said the same thing -- that it looks awful, obviously, and with this series, the whole year, and how it is between the Habs and the Bruins, the fine was acceptable."
Of the gesture, which occurred while Ference celebrated his first playoff goal of the season, Ference said, "I was pumping my fist.
"Like I told them, it was an unintentional [gesture] and I obviously apologize for it.
"It wasn’t meant to insult anybody, especially a whole row of cameras in the Bell Centre and the fans sitting there," added the blueliner. "That’s definitely not the intention."
Ference, who indicated that he would like to pay the fine quickly and put the incident behind him, was relieved that he would not have to serve a suspension.
"Definitely," said the defenseman. "Like I just finished saying, it was definitely unintentional.
"It’s not something where I was trying to inflame anybody or do anything rude.
"So of course I’m happy that there is no suspension," he said.
The money collected for Ference's fine will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.