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Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 5:21 am

Alex Burrows channeled his inner pitbull at the end of the first period as the Vancouver Canucks forward bit Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron after a short scuffle.

Replays showed Burrows chomp down on one of Bergeron's fingers. Fortunately for Bergeron, his hand was still ensconced in his glove.

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"Oh yeah, he did. He cut me a little bit on my finger," Bergeron said. "But I'm not going to be here complaining about it. I'll let the league do their job, but he sure did."

Bergeron showed the referees his right index finger after the incident and the referees conferred between periods. Burrows was eventually given two roughing minors.

"They didn't see it," Bergeron said. "We were speaking French, me and [Burrows], and I told him, 'Why did you do that?' That linesmen speaks French, and his explanation was he said that I put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it. I'll leave it at that, but I'm sure the league is going to look at it."

Burrows refused to answer questions about the incident after the Canucks' 1-0 victory, reports the CBC's Elliotte Friedman.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he hadn't seen the replay himself, but the incident was described to him.

"If that's the case, it's a classless move," he said.

The league will likely review the incident and Burrows could be suspended. The league certainly took action for another dangerous move earlier in the playoffs when Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan was given a two-game ban for stomping on the foot of Nashville’s Jonathon Blum.

Anaheim Ducks forward Jarkko Ruutu was given a one-game suspension for biting Buffalo's Andrew Peters in January 2009. Bruins forward Marc Savard, who has been out since January with a concussion, also received a one-game ban for biting Toronto forward Darcy Tucker in 2003.

Mike Murphy, NHL's vice president of hockey operations, would be the one making the final call since this series involves Gregory Campbell, a forward on the Bruins who also happens to be the son of league disciplinarian Colin Campbell.

-- A.J. Perez

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:23 pm
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Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:36 am

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

It is "CANADIAN" get it and your history right!Foot in mouth

Since: Jun 4, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 12:02 am

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

At least spell it correctly if your going to diss is CANADIAN fool!  Canada was in that war as well and held their ground ...check your history!

Since: Dec 5, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2011 1:56 pm

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Don't agree with the biting but you do know Bergeron is Canadian too right?

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:38 pm

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

I hate when a good player does something like this. He could have the best series of anyone ever and still will be known for this. I would think he would get a game suspension for this. This takes away the great goal that Torres scored.

That whole Canada would be talking German is real old. Find something new to pump your American ego up with will ya.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:17 pm

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

if it wasn't for the good ole USA you would be speaking German

I love when someone gives themselves pat on the back for something they weren't even alive for. Undecided

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:12 pm

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Nirky, have you ever watched a NHL hockey game? Undecided

Guys are putting their hands/fists in people's faces constantly. Somehow, they tend to avoid biting in the vast majority of those instances.

IMO, Burrows ought to get a hefty fine for this. If it were the regular season, maybe even a suspension, but I don't want to see one of Vancouver's guys get suspended in the Cup Finals. Accuse me of changing the rules if you want (though I'm a Bs fan), but the fact is these games are far more important than any regular season game.

All that said, for the sake of his team, Burrows should be smarter than that. If he does get suspended, he can't blame anyone but himself.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 12:01 pm

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Why is anyone defending Burrows? I'm certainly not going to. He is a big part of the canucks team and a good player, but sometimes he can be an idiot. He is a pest and tries to get into stuff with the opposition and I'm okay with that, but don't go biting people, it's just not right.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: June 2, 2011 10:30 am

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Hartnell bit Kris Letang a season or two ago, but the league did nothing about it.  So don't count on them doing anything.  I'm not sure if it helps or hurts the case that it's the Finals and a bigger stage.  Will that make them more or less likely to take action on a bite?

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2011 9:58 am

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Nirky I hope you stick your dick in his mouth and then you'll be just like the rest of the Canucks.

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