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Patrice Bergeron shows cut finger, Bruins trying to move on from Alexandre Burrows bite 06.02.11 at 6:20 pm ET
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VANCOUVER — Speaking Thursday at the University of British Columbia, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and coach Claude Julien offered no disagreement with the league’s decision to not suspend Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows for biting Bergeron in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday.

“As far as I’m concerned, the league has made a decision on it, and we move on,” Julien said. “I think what’s more important for us is to prepare for the next game more than put all our attention on something that’s already been ruled on. We’re not the type of team that whines and cries about things like that. We just move on, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Bergeron expressed the same line of thinking.

“Like I said last night, it’s the league’s decision,” Bergeron said. “I let them make the call and make the decision. It’s there’s, so I have nothing else to say about it, I guess.”

After speaking with the press, Bergeron showed some media members his right index finger, which was bruised and had two cuts on the front, and one on the back.

Burrows told Bergeron at the time of the incident, which occurred at the end of the first period, that he had no choice but to bite him because Bergeron’s fingers were in his mouth, something the B’s center laughed off Thursday.

“We were both face-washing each other, and I didn’t mean to put my finger in his mouth,” he said. “Why would I do that?”

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Dan Hamhuis day-to-day 06.02.11 at 4:32 pm ET
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VANCOUVER — One day after Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis left Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in the second period due to injury, Vancouver coach said Thursday at the University of British Columbia that the defenseman is “day-to-day.”

Hamhuis hip-checked Bruins left wing Milan Lucic and was cross-checked immediately following the play by B’s center David Krejci. He headed down the tunnel and did not return to the game. The former 12th overall pick has averaged 24:50 of ice time this postseason, which is third on the Canucks.

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Stanley Cup finals Game 1 gets highest rating in 12 years 06.02.11 at 4:06 pm ET
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Wednesday’s night’s Bruins-Canucks Stanley Cup finals Game 1 received the highest preliminary rating of any Cup finals opener since 1999. The game, which aired on NBC, earned a 3.2 overnight rating and 6 percent share. Ratings are calculated based on the percentage of all households with televisions that have the program on. Shares are calculated based on the percentage of all households with TVs on at the time of the program.

This year’s ratings were 14 percent higher than last year’s Flyers-Blackhawks matchup and the highest since the Sabres-Stars matchup earned a 3.7 rating a dozen years ago. Sports Media Watch also reported that the Bruins had a 25.5 rating in Boston beating last year’s Game 1 of the NBA finals between the Celtics and Lakers that drew a 19.1 rating.

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No suspension for Vancouver’s Alex Burrows in biting incident 06.02.11 at 2:57 pm ET
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The NHL has decided not to suspend Vancouver forward Alex Burrows after he apparently bit Boston’s Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

“After reviewing the incident, including speaking with the on-ice officials, I can find no conclusive evidence that Alex Burrows intentionally bit the finger of Patrice Bergeron,” said NHL vice president Mike Murphy.

Burrows has denied biting Bergeron, to which the Bruins’ forward said, “Oh yeah, he did. He cut me a little bit on my finger, but I’m not going to complain about it. I’ll let the league do their job, but he sure did [bite me].”

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Who Is Alexandre Burrows and why did he bite Patrice Bergeron? 06.02.11 at 9:01 am ET
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In Wednesday nights Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows appeared to bite Bruins center Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period. Burrows is no stranger to controversy on the ice.

This was Burrows’€™ sixth season in the NHL, he has played all six with the Canucks. Before that he played two years in the Quebec Major Hockey League and then seven years between the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the American Hockey League (AHL).

In January of 2010, he was involved a situation with NHL referee Stéphane Auger. Auger called two penalties on Burrows in the third period of a 2-2 game with the Predators, one for diving and the other for interference. The Canucks lost the game and with three seconds left he went up to Auger and protested the calls and was assessed an unsportsmanlike minor and a ten-minute misconduct.

Following the game Burrows told reporters that Auger has a personal vendetta against him. “It was personal. It started in warm-up, before the anthem,” Burrows said of Auger’s penalty calling. “[Auger] came over to me and he said I made him look bad in Nashville on the [Jerred] Smithson hit and he said he was going to get me back tonight.”

He was referring to a game a month prior when Predators Smithson hit him and was given a game misconduct by Auger. Following the game the penalty was rescinded because the league felt that Burrows embellished the hit.

Burrows was fined $2,500 for publically criticizing Auger. Later that week CBC’€™s Hockey Night in Canada aired an 11-minute long segment about Burrow’€™s past transgressions. The segment was said to be biased against Burrows and his parents went as far as writing a letter to CBC complaining about the segment saying it was a ‘€œverbal assassination’€ and had ‘€œno journalistic balance.’€

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Patrice Bergeron not happy with Alexandre Burrows’ bite 06.02.11 at 12:05 am ET
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VANCOUVER — Wearing an adhesive bandage on his left index finger, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron confirmed following the team’s Game 1 loss to the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals that Vancouver winger Alexandre Burrows bit him at the end of the first period.

“Oh yeah, he did,” said Bergeron. “He cut me a little bit on my finger, but I’m not going to complain about it. I’ll let the league do their job, but he sure did [bite me].”

Bergeron and Burrows were each given roughing penalties for their tussle at the end of the period, though Bergeron’s was a minor and Burrows’ was a double-minor. Bergeron wanted further action to be taken against Burrows, though the refs did not see the play. Bergeron was uncharacteristically irate following the play.

“They didn’t see it, but we were speaking French and I [asked Burrows] why did he do that,” Bergeron said. “That lineseman speaks French, and he said that [Burrows’] explanation was that he put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it.”

[Note: To clarify, Bergeron said that it was Burrows, not the linesman, who said Burrows had no choice but to bite him. He later corrected his phrasing.]

The 25-year-old Bergeron noted that he did not want to start a “war of words,” but did note that he would never stoop to Burrows’ level.

Said Bergeron: “I don’t mind the rough play and the little scrums at the end, as long as it’s just pushing and shoving and all of that, but biting? I mean, come on.”

It is likely the league will review the incident, and, like Jarkko Ruutu in 2009, Burrows could be suspended. If he is, it would be a big loss, given that Burrows plays on Vancouver’s first line with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.

“Before we’ve seen some suspensions from guys,” Bergeron said. “Ruutu did that and he got suspended, so we’ll see.”

Burrows denied the bite.

‘€œHe had his finger in my mouth but I don’€™t think I bit him,” he said. “You saw it, he put his hand up and he put his hand in my face and his finger got in my mouth, so that’€™s what happened.’€

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Canucks steal Game 1 late 06.01.11 at 10:57 pm ET
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Raffi Torres tapped a puck past Tim Thomas with 18.5 seconds left in regulation to give the host Canucks a 1-0 win over the Bruins Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Prior to the goal, Thomas had not allowed a goal since a Martin St. Louis tally in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Roberto Luongo had a shutout for the Canucks.

Predictably, the Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg pairing was in charge of the Sedin brothers’ top line with Alexandre Burrows. Daniel had eight shots to Henrik’s zero.

Game 2 will be played Saturday at Rogers Arena before the teams travel to Boston for Games 3 and 4.

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS

– The Bruins were given a big opportunity when Daniel Sedin cut Chara with a high stick behind the net and was handed a double-minor. The B’s looked very good on the power play throughout the four minutes, getting eight shots on goal, but couldn’t put one in. When Sedin got out of the box, the Canucks had a 3-on-2. Aside from the 5-on-3, the power play was generally atrocious. Chara had an opportunity on a rebound in front of Luongo, though Dan Hamhuis lifted his stick before he could touch it.

– Too many penalties in the game, and a special teams-dominated game is a game the Bruins usually lose. Twelve penalties were called through the first two periods, though it seems the refs let them play. Not all the penalties seemed justified, as Thomas really took a dive to get a tripping call on Burrows in the second.

– As good as Thomas was, Luongo was just as good. Luongo had a heavier workload, seeing more shots than Thomas saw from the Canucks on the night.

WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS

– Some discipline from the league could end up working in the Bruins’ favor. At the end of the first period, a scrum ensued following a save from Thomas. With Chara tangled up with Hamhuis, Patrice Bergeron found himself going back and forth with Burrows. Suddenly, Bergeron became enraged in a way rarely displayed by the level-headed center. Minutes later, word emerged that Burrows had bitten Bergeron’s finger. Both players were given roughing penalties, though Burrows’ was a double-minor. Bergeron skated the refs afterward to show him his finger.

– As bad as Boston’s power play looked at times, the penalty kill was terrific. The B’s were able to neutralize six Vancouver power plays through the first two periods, and held the Canucks without a shot on goal for the two minutes that followed a David Krejci cross-check on Hamhuis.

– Thomas turned in a great showing for the B’s, most notably stopping Jannik Hansen on a breakaway five minutes into the third period and coming up big on a Canucks’ 2-on-1 with about eight and a half minutes left. Thomas really lucked out when Alexander Edler fired off a wrist shot that beat Thomas but went off the cross-bar. It looked like it had gone in to the naked eye at full-speed, but replays showed that it didn’t.

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