During an interview between the second and third periods of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron confirmed on CTV’s “Hockey Night In Canada” that he was bitten by Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows at the end of the first period.
“He bit me,” Bergeron said.
The play happened after the final buzzer of the first period, when Bergeron, one of the Bruins’ more disciplined players, got into a prolonged shoving match with Burrows. Initially it was believed that Burrows had hit Bergeron in the head, but replay on CTV showed clearly that Burrows had bitten Bergeron’s finger and what appeared to blood on the Bruin’s glove.
Following the Bruins’ 1-0 loss, Bergeron, wearing a band-aid on his finger, spoke about the incident and what he said to Burrows in the scrum afterward.
“I said, ‘What happened? What was that?,’ Bergeron said. “He told me he had no other choice because I put my finger in his mouth. I don’t want to get into a war of words, but [it happened].”
Burrows said after the game that Bergeron’s finger was in his mouth but that he didn’t bite him. The Bruins weren’t buying it.
“I haven’t had time to look at that stuff right now,” coach Claude Julien said. “I’m going by what Patrice told me. Obviously there was something that happened. I guess I’ll save my comments for after I see it. But if that’s the case, it’s a classless move, not something players should be doing at this level anyway.”
Bergeron was as incredulous as he was annoyed.
“I don’t mind the rough play and little scrums at the end, as long as it’s just pushing and shoving,” Bergeron said. “But biting? Come on.”
Burrows was tagged with a double minor for roughing, while Bergeron got a roughing minor. It’ll be interesting to see if Burrows, who scored 26 goals in the regular season this year, gets any further punishment — such as a suspension, and a seat for Game 2.
In January 2009, Jarkko Ruutu, then of Buffalo, was suspended two games for biting the Penguins’ Andrew Peters. But that was a regular-season game.
“I’m sure the league will do the job,” Bergeron said. “We’ve seen suspensions before, so we’ll see what happens.”