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Bruins Ference Says Finger To Montreal Fans Was Accident

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Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference celebrates with teammate Patrice Bergeron, after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during second period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series in Montreal, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

Boston Bruins’ Andrew Ference celebrates with teammate Patrice Bergeron, after scoring against the Montreal Canadiens during second period of Game 4 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff series in Montreal, Thursday, April 21, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

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BOSTON (AP/CBS) – Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference did not mean to give Montreal fans the middle finger after scoring his second period goal in Boston’s 5-4 overtime win Thursday night.

“I think my glove got caught up,” Ference said. “I can assure you that’s not part of who I am or what I ever have been.”

Ference made an obscene gesture to the capacity crowd of 21,273 after he drove a slap shot past Carey Price midway through the second to draw Boston to 3-2.

“It looks awful, I admit it,” said Ference. “I completely apologize about how it looks.”

“I’m shocked, and I don’t know whether it happened or what,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the game. “I’d be very surprised, that’s not his style at all.”

Tune in to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s coverage of the Bruins-Canadiens playoff series starting 30 minutes before the puck drops with the Dunkin Donuts Bruins Pregame show.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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