Tag:Patrice Bergeron
Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:03 pm
 

Lapierre taunts Bergeron in middle of Game 2

Nothing like a little gamesmanship in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Midway through the third period, the Canucks' Maxim Lapierre found himself right by the Bruins' Patrice Bergeron in a scrum, as in the guy who had his finger bit -- I mean, possibly bit, sorry NHL -- in the first game by Alex Burrows.

So what does Lapierre do? He put his finger right up to Bergeron's mouth, of course. Not that Bergeron took the bait, but it was still pretty funny to see.

-- Brian Stubits

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.


Posted on: May 12, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Bergeron still sitting for B's, Seguin to fill in

As the Bruins get ready to take on Tampa Bay starting this weekend, they know they won't have Patrice Bergeron and will instead turn to a rookie.

Bergeron has been out since suffering a concussion in Game 4 against Philadelphia and has yet to assume physical activities.

"All I can say is he keeps progressing on a daily basis," coach Claude Julien said after practice on Thursday. "He hasn't been on the ice, hasn't done any of that stuff yet. We're keeping our fingers crossed that things will start being clear and more optimistic here as we keep moving forward."

He won't be back for Boston right now, but GM Peter Chiarelli admits the team will keep Bergeron's status close to the vest.

So who will fill his spot? That would be rookie Tyler Seguin. The No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft has been a healthy scratch for every game so far this postseason, but that's about to come to an end. From the Bruins blog:

“I mean, Seguin goes into a spot here right now, and we all know he’s capable of making plays, and it’s going to be his first playoff game. We’ve got to give him that opportunity to get his feet wet. And understand, when we say getting his feet wet, you’ve got to give him that opportunity,” Julien said. “He’s also got to show that he deserves to be there and deserves to stay there. And he’s well aware of that.

Now don't expect to see Seguin taking Bergeron's place on the second line, but he will get some ice time for the first time in the playoffs, a little baptism by fire being thrown in the mix starting with the conference finals. No, it's likely he'll play on the third line alongside Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder.

“I think it’s going to go well,” Peverley said. “We’ve played well together in the past and it’s about using our speed and using our assets. I think if we do a good job of getting in on the forecheck and bring a little bit of energy try to be good defensively, hopefully we can help the team a lot.”

The Bruins have had the luxury this year of bringing along Seguin at a slower pace. It was a very unique situation for a player that high in the draft to go to a team like Boston that's prepared to win now. They can thank the Maple Leafs for that. But either way, Seguin will be pushed into action now.

In 74 games this year with the Bruins, Seguin scored 11 goals and had 11 assists.

-- Brian Stubits

 
 
 
 
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