Selanne’s ‘machine gun’ a favorite celebration for Bruins, Habs

BOSTON — If there’s one thing I found out today that Bruins and Montreal Canadiens players agree on, it’s their favorite goal celebration of all time.

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.”

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