June 2nd, 2011
11:04 AM ET

SI.com: Biting during fight, last-minute goal highlight Stanley Cup game

It took 69 shots and more than two hours, but when all was said and done the Stanley Cup finals opener went to the Canucks, courtesy of a last-minute goal by Raffi Torres. Vancouver beat the Bruins 1-0 at home and as SI.com's Sarah Kwak explains, an improved third period paved the way for the Canucks Game 1 victory.

"In a cleaner third period, Vancouver seemed to play better without the interruptions and distractions that come with taking penalties,” Kwak writes. “The whistles were active early, and the animosity took no time to develop between the two teams that have met just three times in the last three years. Little history, but no lack of dramatics."

Perhaps the most dramatic moment of Game 1 came early during a post-first period brawl, when Canucks winger Alexandre Burrows was seen biting down on Bruins center Patrice Bergeron's finger. Burrows denied the incident, despite Bergeron sporting a bandage on his finger after the game.

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  1. Anthony's Case Posts

    Now all of a sudden Casey is crying- Give me a break! she did not shed one tear for 31 days when Caley’s little body was decomposing in the trunk of her car! Sick Sick Sick!

    June 2, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      Unless she is a Bruins fan and you saw her crying over that – WRONG ARTICLE.

      June 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    I thought that the Bruins were going to win.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony's Case Posts

    The state of Florida should bring ol’ sparky out of retirement for this psycho. Casey Anthony should ride ol’ sparky till her head flames up like the Ghost Rider. She’s spouted nothing but lie upon lie since day one

    June 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. jim

    Again nothing to do with the article. As for the biting why would the idiot want to bite some one else. Who knows what kind of diseases he could've gotten.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gorilla #15 disgusted by the dirtbags

    Suspend him. Burrows is one of those players who needs harsh treatment to clean up his act. He needs to learn, or he needs to find another line of work. WWE maybe. And suspend Raffi Torres too. Not for anyything he did last night. Just because he's Raffi Torres.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CSnSC

    Wow, do you honestly believe your opion on the c anthony trial is that important to everyone else that you post a running recap on EVERY thread. Longwinded narcist.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CSnSC

    Sorry, narcisist

    June 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. amy

    I would think the NHL would suspend someone for biting, but we'll see. I also just hate the diving Canucks. Even though I have no ties to Boston, hey...go Bruins!

    June 2, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. funkybunch

    I didn't see Bruins on the new plate icon.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sandyk

    I am a Red Wings fan, but it would be good to see the Bruins win.

    June 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

    The Canucks came at the Bruins like a spider monkey.

    June 2, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gorilla #17 - ??

      ??

      June 2, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Canadian Genius

    Sportsnet.ca is reporting the league has ruled no suspension. Maybe Zdeno Chara will just run him into the stanchion and break a few vertebrae, instead.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |