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Love To Hate: Vancouver Canucks Alex Burrows under the spotlight

We Are All Canucks

Starting during the 2008-09 season, the Vancouver Canucks dropped the “We Are All Canucks” campaign on their fans.  Over time, the marketing department may have gone in different directions, but at the end of the day, the team still wants us to feel that we are the seventh man on the ice.

Over the past couple of months we have shone the spotlight on the “All-Stars” (Sedin twins and Luongo) the “Young Guns” (Hodgson and Schneider) and the “Blue Collars” (Kesler and Edler).  

After a short time off for the Christmas and New Year holidays, we return with the man that the NHL loves to hate and hates to love, Alex Burrows.

Claude Lemieux, Milan Lucic, Mike Riberio, Alex Burrows.  All hated by the twenty nine teams in the NHL that they weren’t under contract for, but loved by the one on the front of their jersey.

While Lemieux and Lucic had/has no problem dropping the gloves and mixing it up, Riberio and Burrows tend to get under opponents skin psychologically and verbally, while hurting them in the box score at that the same time.

After bouncing between the first and second line for the first couple months of the season, Alex’s reunion with the twins has once again helped Burrows sit among the Canucks scoring leaders with 25 points in 38 games, good enough what could be his third 50 point season in four years (he had 48 last season).

Alex Burrows

A little TLC from Burrows will be needed.

Unfortunately for Burrows, the Christmas season has not been as giving as he may have hoped with only two multi shot games in his last five outtings (2 shots against Anaheim and San Jose with no goals).

On Boxing Day, one game before the team would depart on a three game road trip, Santa was kind enough to Burrows as he ran a nice give and go with Ryan Kesler to pocket his 15th career short handed goal and more importantly the game winning goal in Vancouver’s 5-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

However the matchup against the San Jose Sharks forty-eight hours later did not prove to be as kind with Burrows going pointless on only one shot in almost twenty minutes of ice time.

Burrows quickly shook off the Shark stench as the next night, just over a minute in, he nabbed a not so mighty Duck clearing attempt and slide the biscuit over to Hank for the opening goal of the game.

Bookending the night, Burrows hooked up with the other twin to finish off the Canucks attack to hand the Ducks a 5-2 loss.

While not for lack of effort and ice time, the next two nights for Burrows provided a giant goose egg on the stat sheet as he tallied only one shot in a 4-1 loss to the LA Kings on New Years Eve and a pair of shots against the Sharks on Monday night in a 3-2 shootout loss.

Although Burrows failed to net a regulation point, he was one of the three shooters sent out by Alain Vigneault to grab the extra point, proving that the bench boss had faith in the left winger.  

As the Canucks look to bounce back from a two game winless streak, heading into meetings with the Wild and Bruins this week, chances are in order to be successful, a little TLC from Burrows will be needed.

Alexandre Burrows Profile:

Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 188 lbs
Birthdate: April 11, 1981
Birthplace:  Pincourt, Quebec
Draft: Undrafted, signed as a free agent by Vancouver in 2005

LAST FIVE STAT LINE:

Canucks Record:  4-1  Goals:  1, Assists:  3, Points:  4, Plus/Minus +5

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