Canucks' Burrows won't be suspended for Game 1 bite
Greetings from Vancouver, Canada, where it’s raining — what are the odds of that?
But it’s a good day for Vancouver forward Alex Burrows. He learned he won’t be fined or suspended by the NHL for his apparent chomp on the finger of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period of Wednesday’s 1-0 Canucks victory in the opener of the Stanley Cup finals.
Burrows had a phone chat Thursday with Mike Murphy, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations who is in charge of ruling on disciplinary matters. Afterward, Murphy said the league won’t impose any supplementary discipline against Burrows, who denied he had bitten Bergeron. The Bruins forward claimed he had a cut on his finger from Burrows’ bite.
“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,” Murphy said in a statement.
The Canucks had an optional practice Thursday at the University of British Columbia. They were forced out of Rogers Arena by preparations for a concert that will be held there Friday. The Bruins will also practice at the university Thursday afternoon.
We’ll have more later from the practices.
-- Helene Elliott, in Vancouver, Canada