By Joe Haggerty
VANCOUVER Patrice Bergeron didnt want to get into a war of words with Canucks instigator Alexandre Burrows after their scrum at the end of the first period, but the 25-year-old had the band aid on his right index finger to prove hed been bitten by Burrows.
The pair remained locked in a fiery exchange for several minutes after the first period's final buzzer, and were swearing at each other in French through the entire episode. After the two players were separated, Bergeron skated over to the refs by the penalty boxes and showed his right handto the game official.
The referees gathered for a discussion after both players had exited the ice, and Bergeron was given two minutes for roughing. Burrows was slapped with a double-minor for roughing.
After the game, Bergeron said the bite got underneath his finger nail and bloodied his finger, and he needed to take antibiotics as a precaution.
"I said, 'What was that?' and he told me he had no other choice because I put my finger in his mouth, said Bergeron. I dont want a war of words. Before weve seen some suspensions . . . Jarkko Ruutu did that and I think he got suspended. So well see.
One of his teeth got under my nail, said Bergeron. We disinfected it. Ive got to take antibiotics just to be sure. Its not bad, but we can't take risks.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.