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Video: Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of Stanley Cup finals

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- It didn't take long for the first controversy to arise in the Stanley Cup finals.

Blackhawks fans vividly recall the time Vancouver Canucks forward and pest Alex Burrows pulled defenseman Duncan Keith's hair in a fight two years ago.

In Game 1 Wednesday at Rogers Arena, Burrows bit Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's finger during a scrum at the end of the first period.

Here's the video:

"He cut me a little bit on my finger," Bergeron said. "I'm not going to be here and complain about it. I'll let the league do [its] job.

"[The referee] didn't see it. We were speaking French, me and [Burrows], ... and his explanation was that he said I put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it.

"I don't mind the rough play and the little scrums at the end, as long as it's just pushing and shoving and all that. But biting? Come on."

Boston coach Claude Julien called it a "classless move."

"I haven't had time to look at that stuff right now," Julien said. "I'm going by what Patrice told me. Obviously, there was something that happened. I guess I'll save my comments for after I see it. But if that's the case, it's a classless move -- not something players should be doing at this level anyway."

Burrows, who denied biting Bergeron's finger afterward, could be facing discipline from the NHL.

UPDATE: The NHL spoke with Burrows on Thursday but decided against supplementary discipline for him.

"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," senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy said.

Bergeron said he doesn't have a history with Burrows.

"We don't see him that often with him being on the West Coast and me on the East Coast. It's just a one-time thing," Bergeron said. "He said I put my finger in his mouth. 'What else do you expect me to do?' that's what he said."

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Stop being such babies about losing to Vancouver. The Canucks deserve to be in the finals, and no amount of mud-slinging will change that. Bergeron is a frigging baby.

A baby? This was a suspendable offence and needs to be treated as such. Biting is not tolerable in any circumstance. It is not allowed in the sandbox, baseball, football, hockey or anywhere else. This was a deliberate action and Burrows needs to be suspended for acting like a baby and biting someone.

Hey GD.... stay on the path here. This recent incident only confirms what we know. That the ladies in Vancouver havent lost there touch. What a joke... biting someone???? BITING??? Come on... Burrows is quickly getting a rep for being a wuss. Hair pulling... flying elbows... now biting??? Just wow.. No shame.. no dignity.. no class.... that our Nuckers. The more they play that way... the better it gets. Yawn.... whens the draft??

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