Milan Lucic Gives Alex Burrows the Finger (Video)

Milan Lucic was the second Boston Bruins player to get back at the Canucks for Alex Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. First it was Mark Recchi sticking his glove in Maxim Lapierre’s face, then it was Lucic taunting with his finger. Check out the video:

There is little doubt Lucic slashed Burrows and took a cheap punch at him behind the net before Burrows reacted, so that was all on Lucic. Still, as a Bruins fan, it’s hard to say it wasn’t worth it. The best part is Boston scored to make it 5-0 right after that, and went on to win 8-1. With a goalie like Roberto Luongo, it’s hard to say he’ll just put the poor performance behind him. Luongo’s a notorious head case who will hopefully carry the shoddy showing with him the rest of the series.

Mark Recchi Sticks Finger in Maxim Lapierre’s Mouth to Mock the Mock Bite

If you thought the mock biting between the Bruins and Canucks would come to an end after Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals, you were wrong. To retrace the history, in Game 1 of the series, Alex Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period. Burrows was not suspended for Game 2 because the NHL could not conclusively determine Burrows bit Bergeron. He ended up scoring two goals in Game 2 and assisting on the other. Also in Game 2, Maxim Lapierre mocked the bite Bergeron received by sticking his finger in Bergeron’s mouth (watch the video). So what happened in Game 3? Mark Recchi got back at Lapierre by sticking his finger close to his mouth:

Recchi missed a good opportunity in front of the net right before that mock incident, so at least he got something right. And seriously, blood is boiling between these teams, especially after the blindside hit Aaron Rome put on Nathan Horton.

Maxim Lapierre Mocks Patrice Bergeron Bite During Game 2

In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver winger Alex Burrows bit the finger of Patrice Bergeron towards the end of the first period (watch the video). The NHL didn’t suspend Burrows because they could not conclude he bit Bergeron. It was hard-to-believe logic, but it paid off for Vancouver; Burrows scored Vancouver’s game-winner 11 seconds into overtime of Game 2, their first goal, and he assisted in their second. As if that wasn’t insulting enough for Bruins fans, center Maxim Lapierre mocked Bergeron during Game 2. Check out the video courtesy of Puck Daddy:

That’s just classless. Vancouver caught a break from the NHL’s decision-makers and got lucky when they know Burrows should have been suspended. It’s painful knowing a guy who shouldn’t have been playing is the one who burned you, but then you have guys like Lapierre rubbing it in to make it worse. Hopefully this won’t be the end of the story for Boston and they’ll be able to exact revenge.

Video: Alex Burrows Bites Patrice Bergeron

Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows wasted no time acquainting himself with the penalty box in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. First he was penalized for high sticking, and then later in the period he mixed it up with Bruins center Patrice Bergeron. Video replays showed that Burrows bit the finger of Bergeron in a Mike Tyson moment. Check out the video:

Burrows had already racked up six penalty minutes in only one period of hockey. Bergeron had to show the refs the bite marks on his finger on his way to the penalty box because they didn’t see it. Hopefully the NHL office will come down on Burrows for his savage action.

Pictures: Paul Revere, George Washington Get Bruins Jersey Makeover

Tossing sports jerseys on statues is not a new concept, but the way the Bruins went about it is somewhat unique. When a team makes a run to the championship in any given sport, it’s common to see hats and jerseys all over local landmarks and statues in their respective cities. As you can see from the above pictures from WHDH.com, the statues around the Boston area were given customized jerseys with their names on the back. Even Paul Revere and George Washington are Bruins fans as Boston gets set to take on Vancouver in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday night.

As someone who has seen both the Revere and Washington statues, I can tell you they’re pretty big. Those custom jerseys must have taken a few extra threads to make. I doubt they were quite in the Zdeno Chara range since he’s about 9 feet tall, but they were probably pretty close. Good luck to both Chad and LB in their playoff beard dream match-up.


EA Sports Simulation Correctly Predicted Bruins-Canucks Stanley Cup Finals

The folks at EA Sports simulate the NHL season each year using their NHL 11 video game, and the video game correctly predicted a Canucks-Bruins Stanley Cup Finals. The simulations occurred in October and they also correctly predicted that the Canucks would win the Presidents’ Trophy for the best record in the League.

Since the playoffs began, they have simulated the outcome of all 14 playoff series and got 13 correct. The only simulation that came out wrong was the Red Wings-Sharks series won by San Jose in seven games. The simulation had Detroit winning in seven.

EA’s simulation had the Canucks winning the Cup in seven games over the Bruins back in October, but they plan to re-run the simulation on Monday using updated information. Last year they correctly predicted the Blackhawks would win the Cup. As a Bruins fan, I’m just hoping the system picks Boston. If that doesn’t happen, then the Bruins will just have to prove the system wrong.

Video: Kevin Bieksa Sends Vancouver Canucks to Cup on Hidden Puck Goal

The Vancouver Canucks have reached their third Stanley Cup Finals in franchise history, and they did so on one of the flukiest goals you will see. First off, the Canucks scored with 16 seconds left to tie the game at 2 and send it to overtime. Then in the second overtime, Kevin Bieksa scored the winning goal on one of the strangest plays you’ll see. Check out this video of Kevin Bieksa’s goal that sent Vancouver to the Cup:

Think about this from San Jose’s side for a second — this team is a perennial disappointment in the playoffs, and they not only blew a 2-1 lead with 16 seconds left, but they also lost on a goal where nobody on their defense saw the puck. I’d say that’s the most lackluster big goal I’ve seen, but last year’s Stanley Cup winner by Patrick Kane can compare. The only difference is the puck didn’t take any funny bounces there like it did here. There isn’t much to say about this hidden puck goal except that the Canucks seemed to have had a greater force on their side. Oh yeah, and Sharks fans, man do I feel your pain. No fan should have to endure such an awful gut punch.