The salute came in the second period, after Ference scored a goal to draw the Bruins closer, at 3-2. It certainly helped to get Boston back into the game -- a game they would eventually go on to win, on Michael Ryder's overtime winner -- but that gesture when you're the visiting team and still losing is questionable at best. And costly at worst.
The NHL announced Friday morning that Ference has been fined $2,500 for the "obscene gesture."
The incident was reviewed by NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy. The fine was levied for violation of Rule 75.5 (ii) of the National Hockey League's Official Rules. No penalty was assessed for the infraction.
The fine money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.