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Bird Is The Word: Boston Bruins’ Andrew Ference Let’s His Finger Do The Talking

After scoring a second period goal to close the gap to 3-2 in the Boston Bruins’ eventual 5-4 comeback victory in overtime over the Montreal Canadiens, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference appeared to taunt the Habs faithful in Belle Centre by giving them the old middle-fingered salute. While the sportsmanship of the act can be questioned, you have to admire Ference’s taunting acumen, given the intense rivalry between the two Original Six teams.

According to the esteemed Greg Wyshynski over at Puck Daddy, Ference’s actions could have warranted a Game Misconduct Penalty, but no penalty was assessed, which is good, because according to Ference himself, the middle finger of the glove shooting up above his other digits was merely due to a fist pump that went awry and in his words, “not part of his repertoire.”

Ference’s explanation follows.

 

So there you have it. A perfectly reasonable explanation to what appeared to occur. I can’t even count how many times that’s happened to me. You know, having to come up with some convoluted excuse to explain why I just gave a bunch of people the finger – “No! I didn’t just flip you off, large group of wilding teenagers. I have Overactive Digitus Tertius Syndrome!”

Yet I wish Ference would have stuck to his guns – even if the middle finger was simply a wardrobe malfunction of sorts – and instead of apologizing, said something along the lines of: “Yeah, I flipped off those Poutine-eating, Francophile, Montreal morons! They had it coming!” You know, just to add a little fuel to the already-blazing fire that is the Habs-Bruins rivalry. Bad blood and vulgar gestures are always valuable tools by which the flames of bitter hatred are fanned.

UPDATE: Ference has been fined $2,500 for the perceived obscene gesture. Swift Justice, NHL Style!

Video: Andrew Ference celebrates by giving Habs fans the finger [Puck Daddy]