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Burrows Bites Bergeron as Canucks Chomp Bruins in Game 1

Alex Burrows definitely had Patrice Bergeron's fingers in his mouth. Did he really bite? Alex Burrows definitely had Patrice Bergeron's fingers in his mouth. Did he really bite?

The Vancouver Canucks defeated the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals this week, but all anyone is talking about is “The Bite.” During a scrum at the end of the first period, Vancouver forward Alex Burrows chomped down on the finger of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron (see video below). The league is expected to speak with Burrows, as both sides await a possible suspension.

“He did [bite me]. He cut me a little bit on my finger,” Bergeron said. “I’m not going to complain about it. I’ll let the league do its job. We were speaking French to each other and I asked him why he did it, and he said that I put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it. I don’t mind the rough play as long as it’s pushing and shoving and stuff like that. But biting? Come on.”

Burrows plays on the Canucks’ first line with twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who are consistently among the league’s top scorers. Burrows has been a key performer throughout Vancouver’s playoff run, and losing him would be a blow to the team.

When asked about the incident and whether he really bit Bergeron, Burrows said, “I don’t think so. He had his fingers in my mouth but I didn’t think I bit him. You saw. He put his hand up and put it in my face and his fingers in my mouth, and that’s what happened.”

Burrows wouldn’t comment on a possible suspension, and he was whisked away by the Canucks’ media wranglers before answering any more questions during the post-game scrum.

Much of the media world is coming down hard on Burrows, but in Vancouver, of course, he has his supporters. Biting is not part of the game of hockey, and in the regular season there would certainly be a suspension. But with no more than six games to play in the championship series, even a one-game suspension to a top skater would be a huge hit.

Complicating the situation is the fact that the NHL just installed a new sheriff in Brendan Shanahan, who inherited the title of senior vice-president, player safety and hockey operations, from Colin Campbell this week. Now Shanahan, who was a hard-nosed player in his days with the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers (among others), has a tough call to make. No matter what action he takes, there will be plenty of people upset with the call.

As for the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins, regardless of who’s on the ice for Game 2, they’ll go out and compete hard. Every guy on the ice has dreamt of just one thing his whole life – winning the Stanley Cup. And whether Alex Burrows’ alleged biting of Patrice Bergeron is deemed a suspendable offense or not, the teams will have to focus on the task at hand in the NHL finals. For hockey fans, “The Burrows Bite” only adds fuel to the most exciting time of the year.

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