Sunday, June 5, 2011
Bruins not taking the bait on Burrows
By Joe McDonald
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Boston Bruins were biting their tongues after a devastating 3-2 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
That’s because Canucks forward Alex Burrows scored a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally only 11 seconds into overtime, plus he chipped in an assist on Vancouver’s third goal. Of course, Burrows became the center of controversy in Game 1 when he bit the finger of Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron during a scrum at the end of the first period.
Bruins coach Claude Julien afterward called it “classless” and even the mild-mannered Bergeron was upset by the move. While many called for Burrows to be suspended, the NHL decided not to discipline him and he ended up haunting the Bruins in Game 2.
Alex Burrows, who didn't face discipline for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, factored in all three goals for the Canucks in Game 2.
When Julien and his players were asked about it during the off day between Games 1 and 2, they all said the incident was behind them and accepted the league’s judgment. After Saturday’s loss in Game 2, the Bruins would not use it as an excuse.
“No comment,” Julien said when asked whether he thought the league made the right decision in not suspending Borrows for Game 2. “That has nothing to do with that. I never thought about it that way. They made a decision. We moved on. For us, if we start using that as an excuse, we’re a lame team. To me, it’s not even a consideration.”
At one point during a scrum in the third period, Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid dragged Burrows out of a pile of players on top of Boston goaltender Tim Thomas. McQuaid and Burrows were nose-to-nose and the two were shown chirping at one another on the video board.
It was quite clear what McQuaid said to him: “You gonna bite me?”
During the same scrum, the Canucks’ Max Lapierre was taunting Bergeron by sticking his finger in his face.
But the Bruins have moved on ... or at least they say they have.
“I really don’t care who scored it,” said Bruins forward David Krejci of Burrows’ game-winning goal. “They got a goal in OT and it doesn’t matter who scored.”
Bruins forward Milan Lucic took his time and chose his words carefully when asked about Burrows.
“It’s tough. Obviously we’re not a team that’s going to cry about what happened,” Lucic said. “It is what it is.”
Bergeron wouldn’t address the Burrows question.
“I don’t see the relation. It just hurts to lose like that,” he said. “We’ve got to make sure we bounce back.”