A heated conversation with Vancouver Canucks forward Alexander Burrows left New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo irate enough after the game to call Burrows classless.
The exchange occurred in the first period between the two teams. Tootoo was a few seconds away from finishing his penalty when Burrows entered the other penalty box for his own infraction. For some reason, the two began chirping at each other across the boxes. It's not clear who started it.
Here's the exchange with Burrows that made Tootoo call him "classless" after the game: pic.twitter.com/Vy9MUZkNNS— thanksgiving pun (@Pat_Iversen) November 9, 2015
It seemed harmless enough. Chirping happens all the time in hockey. But after the game Tootoo told reporters that what Burrows said went beyond mere verbal sparring.
Jordin Tootoo said Alexandre Burrows said "personal" stuff about him and his family while they were in penalty box in first period— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) November 9, 2015
Tootoo on Burrows: "I have no respect for a guy like that. Nor should the league."— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) November 9, 2015
Tootoo: " The penalty box guys even rolled their eyes like is this guy really saying this (expletive)."— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) November 9, 2015
Tootoo: "Everyone fights a fight no one knows about and when you dive into personal issues, it's just classless. To me, that's cowardly."— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) November 9, 2015
Tootoo didn't elaborate, and the truth is we'll probably never know exactly what Burrows said. Tootoo is a veteran fighter though, so it takes something a lot to ruffle his feathers.