Tag:Alex Burrows
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 3:38 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

By Brian Stubits

Let's take you back to Sunday night for the late game in Vancouver. The Canucks were playing host to the Ottawa Senators and the question on Monday was if they were being decent hosts or not.

Mid-way through the first period, Jesse Winchester of the Sens was playing the puck with his back to the Canucks bench. Seconds later he was put through the gate and at the feet of the Vancouver bench.

Take a look at the play (shameless plug: Subscribe to Eye On Hockey's YouTube channel).

You don't see this all that often. Normally the backup goaltender is dilligently handling the opening and closing of the gate. So what has people talking today (and after the game) is whether or not this was intentional. You'll notice the man on the other side of the gate is Alex Burrows, and let's just say he nor Lapierre have the most pristine reputations in hockey.

Winchester, who avoided serious injury on the play but did come away with a sore back, had this to say after the game. From the Ottawa Sun

“It’s not a safe play,” Winchester said. “I was under the impression my butt was against the wall, the next thing I know I’m through the bench. I couldn’t see behind me, I’m not paying attention to what’s on the bench.”

When Sportsnet reporter Ian Mendes asked Winchester if he thought Burrows opened the door intentionally, his response was curt: "Go ask him."

Burrows' take? He's innocent, he tells ya (and the Province).

"It was a line change and at the last minute he got hit pretty good there and the door wasn't closed completely," said Canucks winger Alex Burrows. "He's a Montreal guy and one of my friends so it's a good thing he didn't get hurt on the play."

Now that you've heard from both sides and seen the evidence, what's your take? Is Burrows guilty of a dirty play by opening the door or was this just an accident?

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Posted on: October 17, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2011 6:00 pm

Good news, Vancouver: Ryan Kesler is back

By: Adam Gretz

It hasn't been a great start to the season for the Vancouver Canucks. Not awful, of course, but Roberto Luongo is off to another one of his slow starts to the season, while the team has dropped three of its first five games. They have also been playing without two of their top forwards, Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond, and when the Canucks take against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, Kesler is expected (according to him) to make his 2011 debut.

"It's been too long!" Kesler said on his Twitter account. "The wait is over I will be in the lineup tomorrow night."

After winning the Selke Trophy a year ago as the NHL's best defensive forward, Kesler underwent hip surgery over the summer and has been on the mend ever since.

Of course it will be a welcome addition to the Canucks lineup, not only because of his ability as a shutdown center, but also because his offensive game has blossomed in recent years, including this past season when he finished tied for the team lead in goals (along with Daniel Sedin) with 41. He spent Monday's practice skating on a line with Cody Hodgson and Christopher Higgins. The five games he's missed this season were the first regular season games he's missed since the 2007-08 season.

Also good news: now that's he ready to return to action we may see him take part in more of his trademark interview bombs, as he did on Saturday night to Alex Burrows. Or in any of these examples:

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Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:28 pm

Young Canucks fan recites double OT play-by-play

By Brian Stubits

Sometimes fandom goes so far, it astounds you. Usually that's a bad thing. It can lead to fights or worse with fans defending their favorite franchise's name.

But sometimes it is simply amazing. Especially when it involves a 5-year-old fan who memorizes five minutes of play-by-play for a hockey game. That's where Teo Lin comes in. He is a Canucks fan who knows nearly five minutes of thrilling double overtime broadcasting by heart. In case you haven't figured out, that would be the Game 7 win against the Chicago Blackhawks this past postseason that was capped by Alex Burrows' goal.

Watch and behold.

Personally, I love the moments when he has to stop, look out the window and figure out what's next before he's rolling again.

I'm sure fans everywhere can recite some of the most exciting moments in their favorite team's history. While I didn't have an NHL team growing up, I can vividly recall some of the calls from my favorite baseball team and announcer, the Seattle Mariners and the late Dave Niehaus. While I can remember specific calls, that's hardly the same as known the complete play-by-play for such a long sequence.

Either this kid is a savant or a Canucks fan who has watched the game a few too many times. Or both. Nonetheless, this is nothing less than awesome.

H/T to Fort Nucks

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 11:53 pm
Edited on: June 5, 2011 12:19 am

Decision not to suspend Burrows bites Bruins

That bites.

Perhaps louder than the celebration in Vancouver of the overtime win in Game 2 was the cursing and outcry coming from Boston. That's because of Alex Burrows -- who plenty of people felt should have been suspended for his (alleged) bite of Patrice Bergeron's finger in Game 1.

Not only did Burrows net the winner just 11 seconds into overtime -- the second fasted overtime goal in Stanley Cup Finals history -- he was crucial to Vancouver's first two goals, including netting the first and assisting on the second goal. There was no doubt he was the star on Saturday night and it's safe to say the Canucks don't win Game 2 without him.

"Well, I mean, anybody that follows our team knows he's a really important part of our team. He plays five-on-five, he plays power-play, and he kills penalties," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "So, you know, he's overall one of our go-to guys. Again tonight he came up big in key moments."

The decision to not suspend Burrows was questioned plenty in the off days between Game 1 and Game 2. You better believe it will be questioned even more now. Not that it matters. But good luck convincing Bruins fans of that. This will sting.

Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn't interested in talking about the controversy and how it impacted Game 2.

"If we start using that as an excuse, we're a lame team," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "It's not even a consideration."

He might not want to second-guess the decision nor will he blame the non-punishment, which is understandable, but it has to burn him and the Bruins a little, even if they won't let it on.

We know the Canucks were aware of the controversy surrounding the Game 1 play. That's because Maxim Lapierre was taunting Bergeron in Game 2 by sticking his finger up to Bergeron's mouth.

You will remember that Colin Campbell, the man who would usually be in charge of handing out disciplinary measures in such cases, is now out as dean of discipline. This was to be his last series in the role, but because his son Gregory plays for the Bruins, he recused himself. So the decision was made by Mike Murphy, who cited the lack of evidence in not suspending Burrows for Game 2. In case you somehow missed it, here it is again. And his worst nightmare just came true. This will no doubt be his defining moment of his very short time as interim dean.

It's funny how it works this way sometimes. The worst-case scenario for NHL executives happened. Perhaps the controversy would have gone away, never to be heard from again, if Burrows had a quiet game. Not now. Instead it will remain at the forefront of the off day discussion.

Now Vancouver heads to Boston up 2-0. Just to put that into proper context, teams up 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Finals win 95 percent of the time.

In Boston they cursed Bill Buckner and Aaron F***** Boone until the Red Sox ended their massive World Series drought. Now there's a new goat for them to bite into.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: June 1, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 5:21 am

Alex Burrows bites Patrice Bergeron

Alex Burrows channeled his inner pitbull at the end of the first period as the Vancouver Canucks forward bit Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron after a short scuffle.

Replays showed Burrows chomp down on one of Bergeron's fingers. Fortunately for Bergeron, his hand was still ensconced in his glove.

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

Bergeron showed the referees his right index finger after the incident and the referees conferred between periods. Burrows was eventually given two roughing minors.

"They didn't see it," Bergeron said. "We were speaking French, me and [Burrows], and I told him, 'Why did you do that?' That linesmen speaks French, and his explanation was he said that I put my finger in his mouth and he had to do it. I'll leave it at that, but I'm sure the league is going to look at it."

Burrows refused to answer questions about the incident after the Canucks' 1-0 victory, reports the CBC's Elliotte Friedman.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said he hadn't seen the replay himself, but the incident was described to him.

"If that's the case, it's a classless move," he said.

The league will likely review the incident and Burrows could be suspended. The league certainly took action for another dangerous move earlier in the playoffs when Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan was given a two-game ban for stomping on the foot of Nashville’s Jonathon Blum.

Anaheim Ducks forward Jarkko Ruutu was given a one-game suspension for biting Buffalo's Andrew Peters in January 2009. Bruins forward Marc Savard, who has been out since January with a concussion, also received a one-game ban for biting Toronto forward Darcy Tucker in 2003.

Mike Murphy, NHL's vice president of hockey operations, would be the one making the final call since this series involves Gregory Campbell, a forward on the Bruins who also happens to be the son of league disciplinarian Colin Campbell.

-- A.J. Perez

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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