VANCOUVER, British Columbia The Vancouver Canucks dont understand the big fuss about a little bite.
Neither did the NHL.
Vancouver forward Alex Burrows avoided a suspension in the Stanley Cup finals Thursday when the NHL decided it couldnt prove he bit the finger of Bostons Patrice Bergeron during the Canucks series-opening 1-0 victory.
Thats how French guys say hello to one another, joked Alexandre Bolduc, who centered the Canucks fourth line in Game 1. You want to show respect, you put your fingers in someones mouth.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin also laughed about such a silly incident involving their linemate early in whats shaping up as a gritty, goalie-dominated series heading into Game 2 on Saturday night.
Roberto Luongo shut out the Bruins with 36 saves, and Bostons Tim Thomas matched him until Raffi Torres scored with 18.5 seconds to play.
Both teams realize theyve got bigger issues than the after-the-whistle shenanigans that happen constantly in the NHL.
Im over it, Bergeron said Thursday after the Bruins light practice. Im looking forward to the next game. Weve got to get back in the series. Like I said last night, its the leagues decision, and Ive got to let them make it. ... I dont want to whine about that stuff. I dont care.
After the game, Bergeron declared Burrows had bitten him while they scuffled after the first-period buzzer, even showing his bandaged right index finger and saying he planned to take antibiotics.
In the television replay that seemingly played on an infinite loop in Vancouvers bars and restaurants Wednesday night, Bergerons gloved right index finger sure appeared to go into Burrows mouth. Bergeron claimed Burrows then bit down on him, but Burrows denied it.
Bergeron scoffed at the notion he deliberately had put his finger in Burrows mouth.
Both players had their gloves in the others face at different points of the scuffle.
We were both facewashing each other, and I didnt need to put my finger in his mouth, Bergeron said. Why would I do that?