There’s been a lot of reaction to Alex Burrows’ alleged “bite” of Patrice Bergeron’s finger. Looking at the above gif, it looks like Burrows does bite Bergeron. That said, it also looks like Bergeron stuck his glove in Burrows’ mouth prior to that.
There’s precedent in that Jarrko Ruutu received a 2-game suspension for a similar offense a couple of years ago. But then again, precedent has meant squat to this league for a while now.
Consider Ben Eager wasn’t suspended for a dangerous charge from behind on Daniel Sedin in the Canucks’ round 3 series against San Jose. Also consider that Nathan Horton got a free pass for throwing a water bottle at a fan.
Knowing that much more serious actions went unpunished in these playoffs, does Burrows’ bite warrant a suspension? You be the judge.
(gif credit: Canucks and Beyond)
Update: The NHL has just announced that there will be no supplemental discipline for Alex Burrows:
“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’s statement read.