NHL fines Ference 2,500 for gesture

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NHL fines Ference 2,500 for gesture

Andrew Ference was fined 2,500 Friday morning by the National Hockey League for making an obscene gesture at the crowd in the Bell Centre after scoring a goal in the Bruins' 5-4, overtime win over the Canadiens in Game 4 on Thursday night.

Ference raised his middle finger to the fans. He claimed afterwards that he made the gesture unintentionally because his finger got stuck in his glove.

The incident was reviewed by the Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations, Mike Murphy. There was no penalty assessed, but according to the Bruins, in their press release announcing the fine, the gesture violated rule 75.5 (ii) of the NHL's Official Rules.

Rule 75, according to NHL.com, falls under the Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules. NHL.com states that rule if 75.5 (ii) is violated, "Any player who uses obscene gestures on the ice or anywhere in therink before, during or after the game. The Referee shall report thecircumstances to the Commissioner of the League for furtherdisciplinary action."

All fine money accrued by the league is donated to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

Cassidy switches up Bruins lines tonight against Lightning

BRIGHTON, Mass. – After his Bruins scored just two goals in each of the past two games with a distinct lack of finish around the net, Bruce Cassidy has made some slight tweaks up front with his wingers. 

Drew Stafford has been bumped up to the left wing with David Krejci and Matt Beleskey has been dropped to a new fourth line with Dominic Moore and Riley Nash.

The hope would be that Krejci and Pastrnak could help get Stafford going after he’s gone scoreless in his past three games, with just two shots on net, and been pretty quiet since a couple of strong games right after the trade.

After a couple of active games for Noel Acciari, the gritty Rhode Island kid was skating on the third line with Frank Vatrano and Ryan Spooner in an interesting combination of players. Tuukka Rask was the first goalie off the ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Thursday morning, so it looks like he’ll be starting his third game in four days tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning at a time of year when bubble teams can’t afford to rest anybody.  

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings based on morning skate:

 
Marchand-Bergeron-Backes

Stafford-Krejci-Pastrnak

Vatrano-Spooner-Acciari

Beleskey-Moore-Nash

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

C. Miller-K. Miller

 
Rask

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