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NHL Fines Bruins Ference $2,500 For Gesture

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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) – Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was fined $2,500 for the obscene gesture made during Game Four against the Montreal Canadiens, the NHL announced Friday.

The incident was reviewed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy, and the fine was levied for violation of Rule 75.5 (ii) of the National Hockey League’s Official Rules.

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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.

“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.”

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No penalty was assessed for the infraction.

The fine money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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