VANCOUVER -- One day after Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis left Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals in the second period due to injury, Vancouver coach said Thursday at the University of British Columbia that the defenseman is "day-to-day."

Hamhuis hip-checked Bruins left wing Milan Lucic and was cross-checked immediately following the play by B's center David Krejci. He headed down the tunnel and did not return to the game. The former 12th overall pick has averaged 24:50 of ice time this postseason, which is third on the Canucks.

The NHL has decided not to suspend Vancouver forward Alex Burrows after he apparently bit Boston's Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. "After reviewing the incident, including speaking with the on-ice officials, I can find no conclusive evidence that Alex Burrows intentionally bit the finger of Patrice Bergeron," said NHL vice president Mike Murphy.

 

 “I think he had his finger in my mouth. I don’t think I bit him. He put his hand up, he put it in the other guy’s face, and a finger got in my mouth. That’s what happened."

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Speaking on the Dennis & Callahan Show, Bruins Hall of Famer Ray Bourque helped John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Dale Arnold break down the B's 1-0 Game 1 loss to the Canucks Wednesday night.

Of particular note was Bourque's take on the incident where Vancouver's Alex Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron's finger during a first-period scrum.

VANCOUVER – Everyone has loved the Bruins’ resiliency this postseason. Now the city of Boston is just hoping it gets to see it again. 



VANCOUVER -- Wearing an adhesive bandage on his left index finger, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron confirmed following the team's Game 1 loss to the Canucks in the Stanley Cup finals that Vancouver winger Alexandre Burrows bit him at the end of the first period. 

"Oh yeah, he did," said Bergeron. "He cut me a little bit on my finger, but I'm not going to complain about it. I'll let the league do their job, but he sure did [bite me]."

Raffi Torres scored with 18.5 seconds left in the third period to break a scoreless tie as the Canucks beat the Bruins, 1-0, in a thrilling and stunning Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The game was an epic battle between Boston goalie Tim Thomas and his counterpart, Roberto Luongo.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night featured lots of hits, penalties and biting between the Bruins and Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

The game was marred by an ugly incident at the end of the first period when Alex Burrows and Patrice Bergeron exchanged words. Burrows and Bergeron were called for roughing, with Burrows picking up an extra two minutes for the exchange. But as Bergeron left the ice, he held out his finger and claimed he had been bitten by Burrows. 

VANCOUVER -- Canucks forward Manny Malhotra did not take the ice for warmups and is officially out for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. Malhotra, who has not played since getting hit in the eye with a puck against the Avalanche on March 16, did not practice on Tuesday with the team due to an eye appointment. He had skated in previous days after being cleared for contact on Saturday. 

The third-line center had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in the regular season. 

VANCOUVER -- Speaking at the team's hotel Wednesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien said his team has done all the preparation necessary for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals vs. the Canucks. 

The Bruins blanked the Lightning, 1-0, in a conference-clinching Game 7 victory last Friday that figures to be memorable for the team's nearly flawless and disciplined execution. Julien hopes the B's can play the same way against Vancouver.