By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Claude Julien may be focused on the task at hand, but he admits he's still rankled over the Canucks antics during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The Bruins' coach had some strong words Monday not only for Alexandre Burrows, who bit Patrice Bergeron in the finger during Game 1, and Maxim Lapierre, who dangled his gloved fingers in front Bergerons face during a scrum in Game 2 . . . but of the Vancouver organization, as well.
If its acceptable to them, then so be it. It certainly wouldnt be acceptable on our end of it, said Julien. I think you know me enough to know that. Not much I can say on that. The NHL rules on something. If the Canucks decide to make a mockery of it, then thats totally up to them."
Burrows wasn't suspended for the finger-biting incident, then buried the Bruins with a two-goal, one-assist performance in Game 2. Lapierre not only taunted Bergeron, but then he and Burrows were caught by cameras laughing about it on the bench. That comes in addition to one of the Sedin twins calling Burrows a "vegetarian" during a taped NBC pregame introduction before Game 2.
If thats their way of handling things, then so be it," said Julien.
But he said the Bruins won't let it distract them from what they have to do to get back into the series.
"We cant waste our time on that kind of stuff," he said. "We really have to focus on what we have to do. The last time I looked, were down two games to none and all our energy has to go toward that.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.
*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.
*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.
*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.
*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.
*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.
*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.
*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.