Bergeron: 'Burrows did it. But I'm over it'


Bergeron: 'Burrows did it. But I'm over it'

By JoeHaggerty

VANCOUVER Patrice Bergeron couldnt help but laugh when he was asked if it's possible to unintentionally bite someone.On Thursday afternoon at an offday media session on the University of British Columbia campus, the 25-year-old Bruins center had been informed the NHL wasnt going to suspend Alex Burrows for biting down on Bergerons right index finger at the end of the first period of Game 1. Bergeron decided to simply let it go when asked about it a few hours later, but the Boston center stuck to his story after video replays clearly showed Burrows biting down on his finger.It obviously takes something close to attempted murder to earn a player a suspension during the Stanley Cup Final, and the NHL offices hammered that sentiment home, stating there was inconclusive evidence that an intentional bite took place.Bergeron said he was fine the next day and ready to go for Game 2 on Saturday, but he was also quick to point out there was in fact a bite on his finger. For a player that respects the game of hockey as highly as Bergeron does, biting another player is about as low as it gets.Burrows did it, but Im over it, said Bergeron. Id like to just move on here. Were here for the right reasons and we want a win. Weve got to get back into the series. To be honest Ive let the league take care of it. They did and I dont want to whine about that stuff. I dont care.We were both face-washing each other and I didnt mean to put my finger in his mouth. Why would I do that?The BergeronBurrows duel will be interesting to watch, as their lines will be matched up against each other for the balance of the best-of-seven series.
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Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

Bruins spoil Julien's return to Boston with victory over Canadiens, 4-1

BOSTON – It was a nice night for Claude Julien in his return to Boston with a well-done video montage and a warm ovation from the still-appreciative Bruins fans. But that’s where it ended for the Habs coach as his hockey club pretty much no-showed for the game and rolled over in a 4-1 win for the Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. 

The Canadiens scored the game’s first goal just 31 seconds into the game when a Jakub Jerabek perimeter shot bounced off Zdeno Chara in front and skipped past Tuukka Rask. But it was all Black and Gold after that with David Pastrnak tying things up six minutes later, and the Bruins outshooting the Habs by a 13-7 margin in the second period while extending their lead. 

This time it was Ryan Spooner taking the puck to the net and watching as his centering pass attempt bounced off Jonathan Drouin’s skate and into the net. It was three goals in his last four games for Spooner, who had to feel a pretty big sense of satisfaction at netting the game-winner against a coach he clearly didn’t see eye-to-eye with early in his B’s career. 

Brad Marchand added a necessary power play strike in the third period to give Boston the insurance marker that they needed, but it didn’t really matter against a Canadiens team that was pretty lifeless for long stretches of the game. 

Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and went into lockdown mode after the first goal allowed, but truth be told the Canadiens didn’t have much in the way of quality chances throughout the game. David Krejci added the empty net goal late in the third for icing on the cake in a pretty one-sided affair for a Boston/Montreal rivalry game.