Yes, I went there. Then again, EVERY journalist and his dog are currently coming up with little “bite” related gems after the flesh hungry (more on that shortly) Alexander Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks slotted a pair to become the hero of Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Finals tonight.
Three days ago it took a stellar effort from Burrows’ teammate and unlikely hero, Raffi Torres, a mere 18.5 seconds before the final siren to clinch the opening battle of the finals against the Boston Bruins. Tonight it took all of 11 seconds for Burrows to work his clutch time magic in overtime scoring a beautiful wrap around goal that Bruins’ goalie Tim Thomas, who, incidentally was fantastic yet again tonight, couldn’t get to in time.
The goal sealed the victory for the boys in blue and green, completed a home game sweep and simultaneously sparked mass celebration throughout Rogers Arena and Vancouver’s downtown core (Granville and Robson Streets etc).
Anyone would think we’d won the cup already with the magnitude of the partying in the streets, the likes of which Vancouver hasn’t seen since the 2010 Winter Olympics. What can we say, Canucks fans are passionate and they love to share the big victories together en mass.
I Told You So
Now, it’s not like me to brag when it comes to predicting the outcome of games almost to the minute detail (ok, maybe it is), but on this occasion I can’t help but throw out an “I told you so!”.
No more than 10 minutes into the 3rd period, I made the call that I thought Burrows would execute one of his customary “cheeky steal and score” maneuvers to win the game for the Canucks (as evidenced below). And we all now know what happened in the end…!
Lappy’s Bite Taunt
Back to the whole Burrows/Bergeron finger biting incident, however. For those of you not in-the-know, at the conclusion of the first period in Game 1, a small melee broke out during which Burrows scuffled with the Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron. Gloves were pushed at faces and somehow Bergeron’s fingers ended up in Burrows’ mouth which led to an accusation of biting.
I mean come on here, how is Burrows supposed to continue sledging with someone’s fingers in his mouth without at least wagging his jaws?? Storm in a teacup as far as I’m concerned.
Fast forward to tonight where, not being one to let the altercation go, the Canucks’ Maxim Lapierre, during another scuffle between the two teams, waved his digits in Bergeron’s face taunting him with what will go down as one of the cheekiest sledging efforts in this finals series so far. It was brilliant! When questioned about the incident in an after-game press conference, Lappy simply flashed a grin and refused to comment.
Cheekiness aside, it sounds and looks like Granville Street is still rocking and will no doubt continue to do so, just like after the Game 1 victory, into the wee hours of the morning.
I SO wish I was over in Vancouver with all my friends soaking in the energy and excitement. *sigh* Oh well, I guess we’ll all be parked in front of TVs as the Canucks take off to Boston for Game 3 this Monday night (Tuesday morning Aussie time).