Sharks forward Logan Couture (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Canucks during Game 3 of their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal at HP Pavilion in San Jose, May 5, 2013. (ROBERT GALBRAITH/Reuters)
SAN JOSE - Finally a little bad blood between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
Although you can't really call it a war of words.
More of a skirmish.
Sharks players were amused to hear Tuesday that Kevin Bieksa a day earlier accused Logan Couture and Joe Thornton of embellishing infractions, and Adam Burish fired a few volleys back
“If I was him, while he’s up on his soap box trying to save the integrity of the game and doing all that stuff, I’d swing by Player No. 14 and Player No. 17 – The Beast – and have a little talk with them about diving and integrity. Then he can work his way over to our room,” Burish said after Tuesday’s morning skate at HP Pavilion.
He was referring to Canucks forwards Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler, who have a reputation of diving and embellishing.
“It was silly to call out the refs and worry about what we’re doing,” Burish continued. “Please, keep worrying about us, but in our room we’re going to worry about our guys, what we’ve got to do, how we can be better and not worry about the integrity of the game and have props in interviews and act like a lawyer with video evidence.