VANCOUVER There will be no supplemental discipline handed down by the National Hockey League on Alex Burrows as a result of the bite on Patrice Bergerons right index finger at the end of the first period in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Rogers Arena.Burrows and Bergeron got tangled in an extended scrap behind the Vancouver net at the end of the first period and video replays showed the Canucks' scrapper biting down on one of the Boston centers gloved fingers as the linesman attempted to separate the two combatants.The bite enraged Bergeron and resulted in a double-minor for roughing handed to Burrows. Bergeron also earned a single roughing call for the entanglement at the end of the period. The Bs center said that the finger had to be disinfected after the period and hed be taking antibiotics as a result of the bite, and Bergeron was sporting a band aid due to what coach Claude Julien called a classless act".Despite all that, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy announced there would be no supplemental discipline for Burrows above and beyond the power play handed to the Bruins in the second period.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, said Murphy in a prepared statement from the NHL.There had been past history of player suspensions for biting incidents during the regular season, but just last year Marc Savard escaped suspension for a biting incident with Daniel Carcillo in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.
*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.
*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.
*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.
*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.
*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.
*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.
*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.