Cameras caught Ference flip the Bell Centre crowd the bird after he scored to make it a one-goal game. The Bruins eventually won the game, 5-4, in overtime to even the best-of-7 series at 2-2. The NHL announced the fine -- the largest allowed under the collective bargaining agreement -- on Friday.
The Globe and Mail reports what what CBC analyst Glenn Healy said after the gesture and whether punishment was warranted:
“It’s what he does after he scores the goal that enrages me,” Healy said. “Andrew Ference, you better get ready to open up your wallet because this little act here after you scored the goal ... isn’t called for.”
There's also the possibility of a suspension. The NHL suspended Canadiens defenseman James Wisniewski, who was then with the New York Islanders, two games for an obscene gesture in October.
Since this is family website, let's just say Wisniewski's gesture was just slightly more graphic than what Ference did Thursday.
Here's a look:
-- A.J. Perez