Ference comes clean about 'unintentional bird'

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Ference comes clean about 'unintentional bird'

At long last it appears that Andrew Ference is debunking the whole glove malfunction explanation for flipping the bird at the rabid Montreal fans in the Bell Centre.

The Bruins defenseman potted a tying goal in Game 4 of the first round against the Montreal Canadiens during a heated playoff series en route to their Stanley Cup in 2011. Ference punctuated the timely, important playoff score by then tossing a middle finger toward the booing crowd during a contentious series punctuated by the Zdeno CharaMax Pacioretty incident at the end of the season.

The Ference middle finger was caught by TV cameras in both Canada and the US, and it was awfully hard to miss.

Many Bruins players most notably Milan Lucic pointed to that goal and Ferences defiant attitude as one of the early turning points during Bostons run to the Cup, and rightfully so given the turbulent emotions behind it as the Bruins climbed back from an 0-2 deficit.

But Ference immediately distanced himself from the incident by calling it an equipment malfunction and an unintentional bird prior to Game 5, and avoided any suspension partially by playing down the incident. The Bs defenseman is one of the most honest players youll come across, but he clearly looked like he was fibbing when the MontrealBoston crap was hitting the fan.

Fast-forward to this summer, and Ference has recently picked up his blogging pace and opened up a twitter account (@ferknuckle) this summer. His first blog entry for the Good Men Project is all about accountability and personal responsibility, and that brought Ference back to his heated Habs moment.

Within that blog post Ference admits for the first time that he did in fact flip the middle finger towards Habs fans in an obscene fit of pique. Its something everybody long assumed, but the Bs defenseman finally came clean while going over some of the lessons of responsibility and personal accountability he has learned over a 12-year NHL career.

Here is the excerpt about the unintentional bird flipped in Montreal written by Ference:

Accountability is lacking in our world. Just look at nuisance lawsuits, or the finger-pointing of politicians around the globe. I am guilty myself of trying to blame a middle-fingered celebration after a goal in Montreal on a glove malfunction. In round one of the playoffs between two of the fiercest rivals in our sport, I scored a tying goal in the enemys building, only to have my fist pump turn into a sign language that crosses all borders. Facing the media and a possible suspension after the fact proved to be too much for my self-accountability. Self-preservation is a powerful thing it is easier to place blame elsewhere and overlook your own responsibilities.

Ferences everyday attitude is certainly commendable, and his accountability led the Bs defenseman to decry a hit authored by Daniel Paille two years ago that earned the Bs fourth liner a suspension a rarity where a teammate called out a bad hit authored by somebody wearing the same Black and Gold jersey.

That led to a little bit of tension between Ference and Paille initially, but it also proved once and for all that Ference is far from hypocritical when it comes to showing respect for the safety of fellow players.

Now Ference is showing those same qualities about something that clearly always gnawed at him in the back of his mind.

It was in the better late than never category, but the Bruins assistant captain is once again attempting to lead the way when it comes to personal accountability.

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Monday, Jan. 15: Matthews jersey sells for big money

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering what Claude Julien would do if one of the Bruins players was running Facebook Live during his postgame comments.
 
*Auston Matthews is obviously making a huge impression in Toronto as his Centennial Classic jersey sold for over $11,000 at a charity auction.
 
*Clark Booth knows it’s time to talk about the NFL, but instead he wants to talk about Milt Schmidt. I agree with Clark.

*Sabres goalie Robin Lehner says that his Buffalo teammates need to start doing their job as the season circles down the drain.

*Pierre McGuire talks with TSN sports radio about the Ottawa Senators, and the tough road trip coming up for them.
 
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has more bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning as Ryan Callahan is going to be out for another four weeks with a lower body injury.
 
*As the Detroit Red Wings continue to round up the bottom in the Atlantic Division, Thomas Vanek may become trade bait.
 
*Peter Budaj is giving the Kings the saves that they need with Jonathan Quick out long term with injury.
 
*For something completely different: Tom E. Curran points out some togetherness issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers based on Antonio Brown’s Facebook post.
 

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

B's determined to 'keep it going' during good offensive run

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- The Bruins are going through a nice, little bountiful stretch of offense right now after a half-season of struggle.

The Bruins are averaging more than three goals per game in their last 12 contests, and have scored a whopping 22 goals in their last six games including dropping six scores on the Flyers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Combine that with the 7-for-25 performance on the power play during the month of January, and things are finally starting to catch up with a Bruins team that was all shoot/no score for months of frustrating hockey this season.

“If you want sustained success then you have to be good defensively, but you also have to score some goals. That’s definitely part of it and we have to keep it going,” said Patrice Bergeron, who has four goals and eight points in his last nine games after struggling out of the starting gate. “You’re not going to get rewarded every night like we did [against the Flyers], but you have to find that consistency where you’re close to having that every night.”

One thing nobody should expect out of the B’s, however, is to get outside of what they do well now that they’ve started slapping some numbers up on the board. Instead the Bruins are intent on their bedrock of disciplined defense and sensational goaltending with the added offense just making it much tougher to beat them these days.

“I don’t know if we can stand here and say we’re going to sustain that we’re scoring lots of goals. I think what we need to sustain here is winning more games than we lose,” said Claude Julien. “That’s what we’ve got to sustain. Whether it’s a 1-0 or 2-1 game, or it’s a 5-2 or 5-3 game it doesn’t really matter. It’s about winning hockey games much more than it’s about how much you scored, and how much you don’t score.

“Overall when I look at the scoring chances we’re giving up per game, that doesn’t seem to have changed. Goals allowed may have changed a little bit lately, but overall I think we’ve been very steady in that area [of defense].”

So now the Bruins will again be looking for that ideal balance of offense/defense when they take the ice against the Islanders on Monday afternoon for their second straight matinee at TD Garden.