Ference: Didn't mean to make obscene sign

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Ference: Didn't mean to make obscene sign

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

MONTREAL Andrew Ference's obscene gesture to the Bell Centre crowd after his second-period goal -- caught by the CBCcameras and making him subject to potential discipline by the National Hockey League -- was, he says, a pureaccident of the highest order.

Ference said his finger got stuck in his hockeyglove, and that he didnt intentionally start waggling his middle finger to the fans. Call it a wardrobe malfunction if you will.

"It looks awful; I just saw it, said Ference follwing the game. "I can assure you that's not part of my repertoire. I think my glove got caught up. I can assure you that's not part of who I am or what I ever have been. It looks awful. I admit it and I completely apologize to how it looks. I was putting my fist in the air. I'm sorry. It does look awful. I don't know what else to say.

Ference was pressed several times about the middle-finger gesture, but never wavered from the main story he's telling the commissioner's office.

"Honestly, I have no idea how it happened," he said. "It looks really bad. All I can do is tell you the truth, and my finger getting stuck in my glove is the truth.

"I totally agree it looks bad. I can assure you that's not who I am or ever will be. I was pumping my fist in the air. I don't score too many goals and that's about all I have in my celebration repertoire."

The key point in the game was clearly Bostons penalty kill with 2:19 to go in the third period with the score tied 4-4. With Dennis Seidenberg in the box for interference to Tomas Plekanec, the Bruins covered every spot on the ice during their penalty kill formation, and showed the kind of "ice bag desire" necessary to win hockey games while killing 13 out of 14 Montreal power plays during the postseason.Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell dove to block shots and kept the puck out of their own zone, and deserved the lion's share of the PK credit..

Im very happy and very proud of the guys, said Kelly. We did a good job of keeping pucks away from goaltender Tim Thomas and he made some big saves down the stretch to keep the score tied.

When youre killing one late in the game, you get that little extra push."Bruins third line center Chris Kelly was back at the Bell Centre in time for Thursdays morning skate, and playedin Game Four against the Canadiens despite a multi-colored bruise around his right eye. Tyler Seguin once again sat and the Bruins understandably stood pat after pulling out a win in Game 3.Kelly was sporting a full face cage during practice and a colorful bruise all around his right eye, but said he was fine to go in a Stanley Cup playoff situation. All tests in Boston went well, and Kelly managed a three-point night in further proof that the hockey gods smile widelyon those playing through pain and suffering.It didn't appear there were any fractures, but Kelly wasn't dealing in specifics with an injury during the postseason.Ive been given the green light and the doctors said everything is great, Kelly said. So Im going to go out and have fun. It was fine. It wasnt bad at all. It was a hockey play and part of the game. Scott GomezIve played against him for a lot of years. I think hes an honest player that works very hard.Claude Julien was having some fun with reporters asking him to comment on the Lake Placid retreat over the last couple of days leading up to Game 4, and the field day that some media were having with the whole Miracle 1980 US HockeyTeamtheme.Looks like there wont be any pep talks from Jim Craig or Mike Eruzione in the near future for the Black and Gold. Julien was asked if he saw any differences in his team while going through Thursdays morning skate: Yeah, I saw a Miracle in case you were looking for that word. No, I think we just went there to go and relax and have some quality practices. We werent looking for any miracles. It was a good place for our team to be, and we went out and skated today like we did the last time we were here.

Canadiens legend Henri Richard brought out the Canadiens' torch to begin the pregame presentation. Richard won a record 11 Stanley Cups with Montreal between 1956 and 1973.

Michael Ryder has now scored 11 goals in 28 playoff games for the Bruins.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Monday, Dec. 5: Craig Cunningham's recovery

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while fully getting in the holiday spirit by getting the family Christmas tree this week.

*Very good and very sobering story about Craig Cunningham’s slow recovery, and his large support system with the AHL Roadrunners team he is captaining this season. It sounds like it might be a bit of a long road for him, so he and his family will need that support from those around him.

*Tyler Seguin has his shot back, and that’s great news for the Dallas Stars power play. So is that like Stella getting her groove back?

*A KHL player went into a sliding dab formation in order to celebrate a goal on the ice, and we salute him for that.

*The Maple Leafs are trying to fortify their backup goaltending situation after waiving Jhonas Enroth this week.

*Interesting Bob McKenzie piece about a young man that’s hoping to challenge conventional thinking in the hockey coaching ranks.

*TSN’s Scott Cullen takes a look at Winnipeg rookie Patrik Laine’s shooting skills as part of his “Statistically Speaking” column.

*For something completely different: the hits just keep on coming for Netflix as they’re going to double their TV series output over the next year.

Chara probable vs. Panthers, Beleskey misses morning skate

Chara probable vs. Panthers, Beleskey misses morning skate

BRIGHTON, Mass. -- There were both expected and unexpected absences from Bruins morning skate on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena ahead of tonight’s game at TD Garden against the Florida Panthers. Matt Beleskey was the expected absence after getting knocked out of Saturday’s game with a lower body injury caused by a Tyler Fedun check to his right leg, and Torey Krug was also missing from the ice after pulling workhorse duty over the last handful of games in the absence of Zdeno Chara.

Following practice Claude Julien confirmed that Chara was “probable” to return for tonight’s game vs. the Florida Panthers after missing the last six games, and that Krug is expected to play after succumbing to the same illness that felled Patrice Bergeron over the weekend. Beleskey was being checked by doctors on Monday, and it sounds like his absence might be a bit longer term than simply a “day-to-day” lower body injury. 

Noel Acciari took part in practice, and it appears they both could be closing in on a return to the lineup. Frank Vatrano also shot the puck around a bit at the very beginning of Monday’s skate, but came off the ice as the team began their preparations for tonight’s game. 

Here are the Bruins projected line combos and D-pairings vs. Florida based on the morning skate with Beleskey and Krug both absent:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Schaller-Krejci-Backes

Spooner-Nash-Czarnik

Blidh-Moore-Hayes/Acciari

Chara-Carlo

Morrow-McQuaid

K. Miller-C. Miller

Rask

Khudobin