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.