VANCOUVER — NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy today confirmed what everyone else expected considering the Canucks and Bruins are playing in the Stanley Cup Final and not in January.
Forward Alex Burrows will not be suspended for his bite of Boston center Patrice Bergeron in last night’s Game 1.
“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.
Well, the video clearly shows Burrows leaning his head forward with the finger in his mouth and putting his hand over Bergeron’s. If someone put a finger in my mouth, I would jolt my head back and swat it away with my hand. But then again I never played in the NHL, so I don’t know how hungry players get during the game.
A more honest statement just saying Burrows’ actions weren’t worthy of a suspension in the Cup Final might’ve made more sense. But the whole “hear no evil, see no evil” thing is a perennial approach the league takes in these matters.
So Burrows will be available for Saturday night’s Game 2. Maybe he’ll also get an endorsement deal with a dentist.