Considering Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the bitter rivals was highlighted by a now-famous, but offensive, celebration by Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, I thought I’d find out what post-goal reactions have left a mark on current Bruins and Habs players over the years.
Out of around a dozen players, all but one said Teemu Selanne’s glove toss and ‘machine gun’ celebration after he broke the single-season rookie scoring record with his 54th goal in 1993.
Only Bruins forward Rich Peverley went with Theo Fleury’s slide across the ice after the game-winning goal in Game 6 1991 vs. Edmonton.
Bruins forward Milan Lucic was among the Selanne lovers. When asked, he recalled a fancy celebration he once executed in a summer league game in Vancouver against a team “we really didn’t like.”
After scoring Lucic did the “kayak,” which he described like this: “You kind of slide on your bum.”
“That was the first and only time I’ve done a crazy celebration,” said Lucic, “and I don’t plan on every doing it again.”
Montreal defenseman Hal Gill, who’s never scored more than six goals in a season at any level since college, also admired Selanne’s maneuver. But he also harkened back to Providence College’s Bobby Gaudreau’s raising of one arm when he would score.
“If I had scored a lot of goals and I had time to think about it, I think I’d do that one,” said Gill.
Regardless of your favorite celebration to watch or perform, there probably aren’t too many less appropriate than Ference’s “accidental bird.”