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Turns out Ference intentionally flipped off the Montreal crowd after all

Jun 26, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

In Apr. 2011, the Bruins and Canadiens played another in the long history of bitter rivalry games — Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, to be exact.

It was a heated affair, like most others, but the big difference this time was a particular goalscoring celebration from B’s defenseman Andrew Ference:

Unsurprisingly, the move set off a flurry of criticisms towards Ference, who responded to the allegations by claiming the act was “an equipment malfunction” and an “unintentional bird.”

Today, though, the keen eye of Joe Haggerty at found Ference’s blog — The Good Man Project — and his first post, which is about responsibility and accountability:

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 enemy’s 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.

And so ends the legacy of the unintentional bird which, I have to say, never caught on like I thought it would. I guess it’s hard coming up with a meaningful catchphrase in today’s society, especially with golden material like “taking my talents to South Beach,” and “that’s a clown question, bro.”

  1. upyourstodd - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    I guess it was in his repertoire.

  2. nepo784 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    I’m flipping off Montreal right now

    • superross - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      I’m a huge Habs fan from Montreal, but that’s funny. We will get the best of the Big Bad Bruins next year, if there is a season.

  3. bagjr387 - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Wanna see my shocked face: 😯

  4. govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    I’m a big Andy Ference fan, but let’s all be honest here- did anyone honestly think he DIDN’T do this intentionally?

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      I like the “equipment malfunction” part of the explanation 😀

      • govtminion - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM

        Yeah, glad he didn’t tear his jersey off- that could have been kind of terrifying. 😉

  5. ironmike778 - Jun 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    No way. I totally believed it was an equipment malfunction. This is a shocking development.

  6. mclovinhockey - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    I wasn’t shocked he did this, or that he acted like a moron and said it was an equipment malfunction…… I am shocked the NHL (like always) did not hand down a suspension for something that is an automatic suspension….. Wisnewski got worse for a gesture at an opponent. Just another disgrace to the NHL and the joke of a cup year. I’m glad the Canucks didn’t win but honestly, boston is just so classless.

    • pete387 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Yeah, Canucks like Alexandre Burrows are the epitome of class.

  7. pastabelly - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    Nobody deserves the bird more than Montreal fans. They are a bunch of animals.

  8. arbruins - Jun 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    Hey Habsman, I got a birdie for ya!

  9. habsman - Jun 26, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    A liar, and a cheapshot, suckerpuncher from the Bruins. Wow, what a surprise. Good thing Greg’s daddy Colie was in charge.

    • danphipps01 - Jun 27, 2012 at 1:53 AM

      Do you actually write out each individual post, or do you just copy the last one and shuffle a few words around? I swear I’ve seen just about this exact post from you like nine hundred times.

  10. lucicfan603 - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Everyone should be giving Habs fans the bird

  11. lucicfan603 - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Nine hundred times really? Not sure if I’ve commented that many times but thanks for keeping track for me always nice to have a fan

    • govtminion - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

      Er… might need to log out and log back in on your other account. This explains a lot though.

      • habsman - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        Do you really think I would sign in as “Lucicfan?” This is just drewsylvania aka drewsduck aka habswoman etal. He just got mixed up. I have one and only one handle. All I need.

  12. aceonsports - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    like anyone actually believed the “stuck glove” excuse

  13. lucicfan603 - Jun 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Nope never had another name? Oh and Dan you said the exact same thing on the semin trade article just so you know

  14. habs4everfan - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Mister Zedno Chara listen closely… It is now YOUR TURN to tell the TRUTH. It would be a very honorable gesture and like Max Pacioretty did, I am sure habs fan will forgive you. You did what you did purposely and like Andrew Ference said “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.”
    Andrew Ference is man enough to admit his human error now it is YOUR TURN.

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