If it wasn't clear before tonight, now it should be: Brendan Shanahan is going to have his hands full as the NHL's deputy when it comes to supplementary discipline.
Because there are few plays in hockey as deplorable as what Alexander Burrows committed tonight.
Sometimes Chris Pronger stomps another player's leg. And at other times, Raffi Torres kills Brent Seabook.
NHL hockey is chock full of "questionable plays." The play tonight, where Alexandre Burrows clearly bit another player, isn't one of those plays.
Where the heat of the moment comes into play, and we wonder about a player's intentions.
Tonight, this particular Canuck made a Bruin bleed by using his teeth. Use whatever defense you'd like—this between the whistle play is questionable at best. While the league looks for Aspirin as far as head shots go, Burrows took a chunk out of another player's hand using his mouth.
If that isn't Busch League then I don't know what is.
I'm all for doing what you can to get a leg up on the competition. But this is totally bonkers. This play is totally classless.
This has been a suspendable play in the past, and it will prove to be the same now.
If Shanny is trying to prove that his tenure won't be the same as Cambell's, well, the time came quickly to make a statement. Even if the league is in a transition stage, this occurred on the biggest of stages...during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, while hundreds of thousands (millions?) were watching at home.
So the time has come again for the NHL to ante up. It doesn't matter who you're cheering for. Alexandre Burrows committed an unforgivable crime and should be looking at a two-game suspension (at least) after his actions in Game 1.
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