VANCOUVER - Alex Burrows has chatted to NHL disciplinarians on a regular basis over the years, so much so that he probably has their numbers on speed dial.
We're not suggesting that Burrows should be lumped in with the likes of league bad boys Sean Avery and Matt Cooke. Indeed, in a lot of ways, the Vancouver Canucks first-line winger has cleaned up his act.
But when he does display an emotional hiccup such as his biting incident involving the Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, it usually means a subsequent conversation with the likes of NHL senior vice-president Mike Murphy.
"I've had a few calls with the league over the years," Burrows said Friday, speaking for the first time since NHL officials decided not to deliver any supplemental discipline for his part in Bite-Gate.
"They've always been great. I really respect those people. They have a tough job. They have tough decisions to make."
Burrows and Murphy spoke Thursday.
"At the end of the day, (Murphy) did a good job," Burrows said. "I respect his decision. He was great. That's all I can say about it."
Burrows apparently left teeth marks in one of Bergeron's gloves during a first-period scrum Wednesday.
While Burrows and the Canucks are putting the biting episode them, that doesn't mean there are not significant issues facing the forward heading into Game 2 on Saturday.
At the top of Burrows' "to-do" list: Stay out of the penalty box, a place Burrows ended up on a regular basis in the Canucks' 1-0 victory in the opener.
Burrows was slapped with four minors, including one for getting tangled with Bruins goalie Tim Thomas. Burrows appeared to be nudged into Thomas, who was out of his crease.
"I haven't had any (clarification) so far," Burrows said. "I will probably get it later.
"At the same time I've got to be aware of where I am around the net. I've got to make sure I can't bump the goalie. That's his ice if he's already there.
"I have to be smarter and make sure I don't put my team down a man."