Tag:Stanley Cup Final
Posted on: June 2, 2011 3:26 am
Edited on: June 2, 2011 3:27 am

Was Kesler offside before game-winning goal?

The first goal of the Stanley Cup Final came 59 minutes, 41 seconds into Game 1 – and even then there seems to be some dispute as to whether it should have counted.

Replays and photos show that forward Ryan Kesler, who set up the winning goal by beating Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuck to the puck, may have crossed the blue line before the puck. That would have made him offside, negating the game-winner by Raffi Torres scored a couple seconds later in the Canucks' 1-0 victory over the Boston Bruins at the Rogers Center on Wednesday night.

“Even if it was or wasn't, it wouldn't change the outcome right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said.

There are eight situations that can be reviewed via replay, from judging whether the puck was illegally kicked in to determining if the puck actually crossed the line. Offsides isn’t on that list. It’s a moot point anyway since the call stood and there’s no going back at this point.

-- A.J. Perez
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 5:21 am

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Alex Burrows channeled his inner pitbull at the end of the first period as the Vancouver Canucks forward bit Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron after a short scuffle.

Replays showed Burrows chomp down on one of Bergeron's fingers. Fortunately for Bergeron, his hand was still ensconced in his glove.

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"Oh yeah, he did. He cut me a little bit on my finger," Bergeron said. "But I'm not going to be here complaining about it. I'll let the league do their job, but he sure did."

Bergeron showed the referees his right index finger after the incident and the referees conferred between periods. Burrows was eventually given two roughing minors.

"They didn't see it," Bergeron said. "We were speaking French, me and [Burrows], and I told him, 'Why did you do that?' That linesmen speaks French, and his explanation was he said that I put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it. I'll leave it at that, but I'm sure the league is going to look at it."

Burrows refused to answer questions about the incident after the Canucks' 1-0 victory, reports the CBC's Elliotte Friedman.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he hadn't seen the replay himself, but the incident was described to him.

"If that's the case, it's a classless move," he said.

The league will likely review the incident and Burrows could be suspended. The league certainly took action for another dangerous move earlier in the playoffs when Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan was given a two-game ban for stomping on the foot of Nashville’s Jonathon Blum.

Anaheim Ducks forward Jarkko Ruutu was given a one-game suspension for biting Buffalo's Andrew Peters in January 2009. Bruins forward Marc Savard, who has been out since January with a concussion, also received a one-game ban for biting Toronto forward Darcy Tucker in 2003.

Mike Murphy, NHL's vice president of hockey operations, would be the one making the final call since this series involves Gregory Campbell, a forward on the Bruins who also happens to be the son of league disciplinarian Colin Campbell.

-- A.J. Perez

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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