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Video: Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron, might face suspension

Jun 1, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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The first game of most Stanley Cup finals series usually requires a period of time for the two teams to “get to know each other” since the two conference representatives rarely meet. (That might change next season though, as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman vaguely referred to a “more balanced schedule” for the 2011-12 campaign during his press conference tonight.)

It doesn’t seem like the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks needed much flirtation before things got dirty, as the first period was wide open, physical and testy. Interim head of discipline* Mike Murphy won’t need to wait more than a game to face his first important decision of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, either.

Canucks power forward Alex Burrows bickered with Bruins two-way center Patrice Bergeron as time expired in the first period, receiving two roughing penalties to Bergeron’s single minor. Leaving his team shorthanded wasn’t Burrows’ worst mistake, though, as he clearly landed a bite on Bergeron’s hand during the skirmish. (Go ahead, get your Mike Tyson jokes out of the way right now.)

There have been times when a player seemingly got away with such an action when there wasn’t clear video evidence of some chomping. As you can see from the video below, it’s pretty obvious Burrows learned what Bergeron’s glove tastes like, though. Jarkko Ruutu received a two-game suspension for biting Andrew Peters during a 2009 regular season altercation, so my guess is that Burrows could be in line for a one-game punishment since this is the playoffs.

As you’ve surely learned from almost any Internet hockey humorist, it’s rarely safe to assume anything but chaos from the league’s decision making process. Feel free to debate what kind of punishment (if any?) Burrows deserves for the bite. Naturally, we’ll keep you up to date whenever the NHL addresses this memorable gaffe.

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* – Brendan Shanahan will eventually take over Colin Campbell’s recently vacated job, but Murphy will ease the transition by making the choices in this round.

  1. grudenthediva - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:04 PM

    Canuck bit a Bruin. On film. SUSPENSION FOR YOU!

    Bruin (insert offense here) a Canuck or opposing fan. On film. “Video? What video? It’s inconclusive…I mean…wait, what? Suspension? Oh no. Precedent? Er, um…eh…oh look, it’s a week later! Phew!”

  2. thebucfather - Jun 1, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    If Lucic doesn’t get suspended for sucker punching someone in the face, and Horton doesn’t get suspended for throwing a water bottle at a fan, why would Burrows be suspended for taking a bite of Bergeron’s glove??

    • nolesshabitual - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      Those grapes taste pretty sour. Go watch your Rays and get ready for hurricane season.

      • thebucfather - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM

        Hell yeah I’m sour! You still didn’t answer my question though. That’s because my point is valid and the only way a chowder slurping beanhead can respond is some lame attempt at a putdown regarding baseball and hurricanes.

  3. canuckdude82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    What I like best about this is the way you cut the video so we don’t see Bergeron sticking his glove in Burrows mouth when he’s yelling at him. In case you didn’t hear that part, when Bergeron asked the linesman for a penalty, that’s what he was told. Why you, the media, has to try and sensationalize something instead of concentrating on what was a great game to watch with 2 top goalies playing incredible is beyond me. So why don’t you load the full clip ? Not controversial enough for you that way ?

    • hystoracle - Jun 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM

      Media is Bruins friendly. Especially NBC, because they cover the Bruins more than they do Vancouver. Since it was a Vancouver player biting the glove that was stuck in his mouth, He will be gone the remainder of the series to give Boston the best chance. Why did it take til now to get Campbell out of the position he’s been in all year? That was a conflict of interest all year that put the league in a bad position.

      In reality, there shouldn’t be anything for that.. too much made of nothing. Fine him $2500 and leave it at that. If a Bruin can attack a fan unpunished then Burrows can bite a glove and not get suspended.

      • nolesshabitual - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        Campbell hasn’t ruled on a Bruins game all year, he’s been head of disciple his son’s whole career in Florida too, but they weren’t any good so nobody cared.

      • nolesshabitual - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM

        That is to say discipline.

    • savoirlaire - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:56 AM

      Yeah, so Bergeron is at fault because he stuck his glove in his mouth? Hardly, idiot…they were both pushing and shoving around the ref, trying to give each other a face wash. Visibly biting down on someone’s hand, as Burrows clearly and indisputably did, takes it to a whole new level. Everyone knows this, the second he did it the announcers started immediately talking suspension, look at the comments here and elsewhere. Burrows is done, gone, and rightfully so…the only bigger moron than him (doing your team a lot of good in the cup finals sitting on your ass) are people like canuckdude and hystoracle who try to tell you you didn’t actually see something you clearly did. And no, squirting a fan with water, or even tossing the water bottle after them, does not compare to the pussy finger biting crap…

      • canuckdude82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 12:05 PM

        Wow I think you missed the point I was making. I didn’t say Bergeron was at fault I said the official on the ice explained to him why there was no call. I understand you not liking the Canucks as they are the better team so I don’t mind you insulting me since when the series is over you will be a very sad little man (mentally that is). The announcers who were talking suspension by the way, are a little biased towards Boston and that’s fine they don’t make the decision the league does.

      • ibleedbackandgold - Jun 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM

        Hey Canucksdude: I am a lifelong Bruins fan and I have no feelings one way or the other about the Canucks. Now as far as Burrows biting Bergeron, that is inexcusable, undefendable and he should be suspended for one game. The on-ice officials would not be the one to suspend Burrows, it would be the league office. And as far as you writing that saviorlaire will be a sad little man when the series ends, at least we know what’s it like to win championships (see Celtics, Red Sox and Patriots). The only question I have for Vancouver is how big will the riot be after the series?

      • savoirlaire - Jun 2, 2011 at 2:30 PM

        So you’re trying to say that you were just pointing out why the ref told Bergeron Burrows was not getting a penalty? You’re actually going to insult the intelligence of everybody on this forum by telling us you were not saying it was Bergeron’s fault? That is obviously what you were implying by your first post, you after-the-fact-changing-my-story-because-it’s-obvious-that-everyone-thinks-I’m-an-idiot liar!! And btw, I’m neither sad nor little, but at least I am a man and not trying to cover my sorry ass! Pathetic…

      • whatareuon - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM

        Intersesting, you ppl do know, I hope, that if u can get a finger into a mouth and push down on the tongue u can control the head enuff to break a neck. If you are in a fight and someone puts their finger in your mouth you are an idiot if you do not bite them. I certainly would, also the referees position shows the aggression after he intervened was from the Boston player as the cannuck was against the boards.

      • canuckdude82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM

        By little I meant in the intelligence department and your reply proved my point again savoirlaire. As for championships , yes we have never won a Stanley cup, but there is another football league in the world besides the NFL and we have won that a few times, also there used to be a little soccer league called NASL which if you looked, we have also won that. Not that any of that matters since the Pats Celtics Red Sox BC Loins Van Whitcaps etc are not playing, its the Bruins and Canucks. I also stand by my original statement, at no point did I say he was at fault. Hope everyone can drop this now as there is no suspension or fine and lets hope game 2 is as much fun to watch as game 1.

        GOOD NIGHT NOW !

  4. florida727 - Jun 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    At the start of this series, I didn’t really care who won since I’m a Blackhawks fan, but now that the series is underway, I’m rooting for a sweep. Why? Because NBC only is televising the first two games, then the final three. What a half-@$$ed way to cover the NHL’s showcase event. And NBC bills themselves as the “network of champions”. Kudos to Versus. Wish the entire series was on their network. Then I’d be rooting for a seven-game finale.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      versus is owned by NBC you dolt

  5. dailyrev - Jun 2, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    I am personally gratified to see that cannibalism is making a comeback in our society. In this era of global warming, soaring food prices, and shortages, what other solution is there? And the potential for literature is endless: “Gloved Lunch” as the sequel to the famous novel from an author with the same (sounding) name as Burrows!

    • schwanky2112 - Jun 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM

      Soylent Green !

  6. jpelle82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    cant believe anyone would defend a biting incident. these are grown men. there is no excuse. remember the outrage over the mike tyson bite? there is no way this bitch gets away with just a fine.

    • whatareuon - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      spoken like a true boston fan. sad such an awesome team has a few such ignorant fans. You do know I hope, that if u can get a finger into a mouth and push down on the tongue u can control the head enuff to break a neck. If you are in a fight and someone puts their finger in your mouth you are an idiot if you do not bite them.Gee he killed the guy or crippled him but what the hey he followed my rules.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 3:22 PM

        first off i’m a penguins fan. secondly as a hockey player myself i dont open my mouth when i get facewashed and in 25 years i have never had a glove in my mouth.

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