"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," Mike Murphy, the league's senior VP of hockey operations, said in a statement.
Replays appeared to show Burrows chomping down on the right index finger of Bergeron in a scrum as the first period came to a close on Wednesday. Bergeron skated over to officials moments after the incident and showed them his finger as evidence.
"You know what, I'm over it," Bergeron told reporters on Thursday. "To be honest with you, I'm looking forward for next game. We have to get back in the series. Like I said last night, it's the League's decision. I'll let them make the call. I have nothing else to say about it."
Burrows refused to discuss the matter after the game.
The league has suspended players twice over the last decade for biting another player. Early last season, the league also looked into whether Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell bit Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang. But, like in this case, the league could find no conclusive proof that a bite actually occurred.
- A.J. Perez