Hockey Night In Canada Stanley Cup Playoffs 2011

Bruins not happy with Lapierre's taunts

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Vancouver Canucks' Maxim Lapierre, front, is getting under the skin of the Boston Bruins. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press) Vancouver Canucks' Maxim Lapierre, front, is getting under the skin of the Boston Bruins. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

By Tim Wharnsby

BOSTON -- Maxim Lapierre's finger-biting taunts in Game 2 did not sit well with the Boston Bruins.

During a stoppage in play, the Vancouver Canucks forward stuck his finger inches away from the face of Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron. This was in response to the biting incident in the series opener of the Stanley Cup Final, when Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows bit Bergeron's gloved index finger when the Bruins forward face washed his opponent.

"[Lapierre] not only gets on his opponents' nerves, but his teammates, too. That's why he's been with three teams this year," bilingual Bruins coach Claude Julien remarked in French prior to Game 3 on Monday.

The Bruins trail 2-0 in the best-of-seven final. Earlier, Julien commented on the matter in English.

"I can't really talk about their team," he said. "I'm going to talk about mine because I don't handle those players. I don't deal with those players on a one-on-one basis. It really isn't up to me to I guess comment on it. If it's acceptable for them, then so be it.

"Certainly, it wouldn't be acceptable on our end of it. I think you know me enough to know that. Not much I can say on that."

Lapierre declined to comment on the situation when questioned after the Canucks skate. The NHL decided against any sort of suspension or fine because it was difficult to discern whether Burrows' bite was intentional.

"The NHL rules on something and [the Canucks] decide to make a mockery of it, that's totally up to them," Julien said. "If that's their way of handling things, so be it. Again, we can't waste our time on that kind of stuff. We really have to focus on what we have to do. The last time I looked, we're down two games to none, and all our energy has to go towards that."

No Hamhuis

Barring some sort of miraculous recovery, Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis will miss Game 3 of the final. The dependable defenceman did not participate in Vancouver's morning skate.

He suffered an undisclosed injury when he hip-checked 220-pound Boston forward Milan Lucic early in the second period of the series opener.

Shacking up at home

The Vancouver Canucks stayed at a hotel at home in between Games 1 and 2, and the Bruins have followed suit now that the series has returned to Boston.
The stunt is nothing new for NHL teams in the playoffs. It's all about limiting the distractions.

"It's a selfish time of the year," Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference said. "It's not family time."

Ference had a rough outing in the Bruins 3-2 overtime loss to the Canucks in Game 2. His giveaway led to Canucks first goal from Burrows in the first period and he was on the ice when Burrows scored the overtime winner.

"Mistakes happen," he said. "We need to try and limit the number of mistakes and it's what you do as a team when you turn over the puck."