NHL notes for a Friday night

1. FERENCE FINED FOR FINGER GESTURE

The NHL had no mercy for Boston Bruins defenceman Brad Ference who was fined $2,500 for giving the Bell Centre crowd the finger on Thursday night. This controversial event occurred during the second period when after scoring what was the Bruins second goal he unexpectantly flipped off the fans. Ference, who hadn’t scored a playoff goal since 2001 apologized afterwards and said it was not intentional and that his finger just got stuck in his glove. The Bruins went on to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in overtime to even the series at 2-2.

2. PRONGER AND CARTER WON’T BE BACK FOR FLYERS

The Philadelphia Flyers will not have either defenceman Chris Pronger or power forward Jeff Carter in their lineup for the remainder of their series against the Buffalo Sabres. Pronger, who scored 25 points in 50 games this season is still in discomfort from the hand surgery he had back in early March. Meanwhile Carter who scored 36 goals this past season sprained his MCL in a Game 4 collision with Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers. The absence of Pronger is a huge reason why the Flyers have gone only 2 for 21 in the first four games of their Quarter Final series.

3. ISLANDERS EXERCISE NABOKOV’S CONTRACT

In a surprise move the New York Islanders decided to exercise Evgeni Nabokov’s contract through next season. What makes this a big surprise is that Nabokov who spent part of last season in the KHL was suspended by the Islanders after he refused to report to the team. Nabokov who has an impressive resume of 293 career wins with the San Jose Sharks was disappointed at being claimed off waivers last January by the Islanders. No word yet on whether he will report to training camp or continue his hold out.

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