There’s been a biting incident, a severe concussion, a big suspension and some childish taunting. And that’s after only three games. These Stanley Cup finals have been interesting thus far, to say the least. (For those out of the loop, Vancouver has a 2-1 lead.)
First, the biting. There’s no place in hockey – or any sport – for biting. Alexandre Burrows should have been suspended for chomping down on Patrice Bergeron’s digit in Game 1. The fact that Burrows proved to be the hero of Game 2 really had to chap the Bruins collective asses. That said, Boston got some revenge in Game 3 by not only winning, but by hitting Burrows every chance they got. I could do without the stupid finger mocking by the Bruins on Monday night, and news came today that the refs will penalize the next fool to stick his fingers in Burrows face.
The brutal hit by Vancouver’s Aaron Rome on Nathan Horton knocked both players out of the series – Rome by suspension (four games), Horton by injury. The NHL got it right on this one. Rome’s hit was very late. Whether or not the Canucks defenseman targeted the head or not was insignificant. The fact Horton was concussed sealed Rome’s fate. An eye for an eye, right?
You hate to trivialize such an injury, but Vancouver wins this trade-off easily. Rome was a third-pairing defenseman, while Horton was one of Boston’s best offensive players. The Bruins will no doubt miss his presence on the ice, but his absence may serve as a motivating factor to the rest of the team