BOSTON — While Bruins head coach Claude Julien said this morning he wouldn’t condone a player on his team taking the type of actions Maxim Lapierre did in Saturday night’s Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault wouldn’t express an opinion either way.
The Canucks bench boss, whose team takes a 2-0 series lead into tonight’s Game 3 at the TD Garden, claims he didn’t see Lapierre push his fingers into Patrice Bergeron’s face as a taunt related to the bite of Bergeron’s finger Vancouver’s Alex Burrows executed during Game 1.
“If that happened in between whistles, I didn’t see it,” said Vigneault. “I focus on the play that’s going on between whistles. So I can’t really comment on that.”
When asked if anyone on his team — coach or player — had spoken to him about his taunt, Lapierre today said he wouldn’t comment on the Bergeron story.
As for the Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin, he doesn’t seem to think he can take any control of his teammates’ actions.
“I’m not on the ice with those guys. It’s tough for me to do a whole lot,” said Sedin. “If it’s going to hurt their game, that’s not good. But I think Max has been a top player in the playoffs for us. And Alex has shown what he can. So we want them to focus on hockey, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of things that happen after whistles. I’m sure … Boston does a lot of things too, so …”
Clearly Henrik has never heard of the dressing room, where all the players congregate and leaders can chat with their teammates.