NHL fines Ference $2,500 for obscene gesture

BOSTON (AP) - The NHL has fined Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference $2,500 for making an obscene gesture to the crowd in Montreal.

The team disclosed the fine on Friday.

Ference raised the middle finger of his left glove after his goal cut the Canadiens' lead to 3-2 midway through the second period on Thursday night. The Bruins won 5-4 in overtime to even the series at 2-2. Game 5 is in Boston on Saturday night.

Ference said Friday he made the gesture while trying to pump his glove to celebrate the goal. He apologized Thursday night about the way it looked. Coach Claude Julien said Friday he believes his player's explanation.