Burrows won't be suspended
June, 2, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows, whom Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron accused of biting Bergeron's left index finger in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, will not be suspended.
League senior vice president Mike Murphy spoke with Burrows Thursday, a day after the Canucks beat the Bruins 1-0 in Vancouver.
Rich Lam/Getty ImagesAlex Burrows and Patrice Bergeron got into a scrap in Game 1 where Burrows, left, appeared to bite the finger of Bergeron, right.
"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," Murphy said in a statement.
Burrows denied biting Bergeron, who was seen screaming at Burrows and had to be restrained by referees at the end of the first period.
"I don't mind rough play and scrums at the end, as long as it's just pushing and shoving and all that," Bergeron said following the game. "But biting? I mean come on."
Wearing a bandage on his left index finger, Bergeron was adamant that Burrows bit him during a scrum behind the Bruins' net.
Burrows was told after the game in the locker room of Bergeron's accusation.
"I don't think so," Burrows said. "He had his finger in my mouth but I don't think I bit him. 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."