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 marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!
*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.
*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.
*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.
*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.
*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.
*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.
*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.
Thanks in large part to a big performance by Tuukka Rask, the Bruins were able to squeak out a 2-1 win against the Sabres.
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