The NHL slapped Boston's Nick Boynton with a one-game suspension for making a threatening gesture towards Mike Ribeiro during the Bruins-Canadiens Thursday in Montreal.

During on ice-melee between the two teams, the Bruins defenceman made a throat-slashing motion aimed at Ribeiro.

The fracas occurred after Boynton jabbed his stick at Ribeiro, who dropped to the ice and feigned injury.

Boynton was assessed a double-minor penalty for spearing and a game misconduct.

"We were playing like [crap] and I was just trying to spark the team a little bit," Boynton told the Boston Globe after the game.

The Bruins, who are chasing the Canadiens for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, ended up losing 3-0.

Boynton will miss Saturday's game against the New York Islanders and forfeit $6,010.20 US in salary.

with files from Canadian Press