One player for whom the Bruins won’t be able to ladle out any long-awaited comeuppance next week when they travel to Vancouver for the first time since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals? Alex Burrows.
The biting bandit busted his jaw this week after catching some friendly fire from Vancouver defenseman Chris Tanev, and he won't be healthy enough to face the Black and Gold at the end of next week.
The Bruins are set to visit the Canucks on Dec. 14 as the finale to a four game swing through Toronto and Western Canada. Many of the same series villains from three years ago remain with the Canucks.
Roberto Luongo and his tire-pumping credo have survived goalie competitions and a weighty contract, Kevin Bieksa is still there talking the large amount of trash he did while representing as one of the Canucks’ few standup guys, and of course the Sedin Twins and Ryan Kesler still remain on the roster.
But Burrows was the guy that set the tone of hate for the entire Cup Final series when he took a chomp out of Patrice Bergeron’s fingers in the closing seconds of the first period of Game 1. The act of gutter violence against the classy alternate captain enraged the Bruins players for the rest of the series, and played out all over the ice in the entertaining seven-games series.
The Vancouver rabble-rouser racked up 14 penalty minutes in a game between the Bruins and Canucks on Jan. 7 2012, a wild 4-3 loss for the Bruins, when he was one of five players to jump Shawn Thornton in front of the Canucks bench.
Otherwise he hadn’t really received the proper payback for going after the gentlemanly Bergeron after the Bruins very clearly took his No. 14 during the Stanley Cup Final three years ago. Now they’ll have to continue to wait as the hockey gods have intervened to make certain Burrows won’t be able to bite anyone for at least the next 4-6 weeks due to the broken jaw.
Puck karma can be a little rough sometimes, can’t it?