Alex Burrows has scored his second goal in as many games since returning to the Team Canada lineup after his injury in the first game of the tournament. While it was a nice goal, it was just one of eight that Canada scored on Kazakhstan, who couldn’t repeat their gutsy effort from their overtime game against the US. It was probably too much to ask of the Kazakhstan to handle the US and Canada on back-to-back nights, and the game got silly in the third period as Kazakhstan simply looked worn out against Canada’s superior depth.
Fortunately, Burrows didn’t just score a goal. He also played a solid two-way game, seeing ice time in all situations, and was named the Best Player of the game for Canada. Even better, his wife, Nancy, and one-year old daughter, Victoria, were in attendance and got to see the whole thing.
Oh, and Burrows hugged Kazakhstan goaltender Vitali Kolesnik in the middle of the game.
Burrows clearly learned that move from his captain, Henrik Sedin, when he hugged Tim Thomas during the All-Star Game. For those wondering, Burrows did not receive a penalty; the play was blown dead because the IIHF has a “crease violation” rule that restricts contact with the goalie in the crease, even if a goaltender interference penalty is not appropriate.
Second best part of the above video: as Burrows accepts the fancy wristwatch for being named Best Player for Canada, the camera goes to Burrows’ wife and daughter, who is wearing an adorable tiny Burrows Team Canada jersey. Awesome.
After playing minimal minutes in his first game back from injury, Burrows played a more significant role, finishing with 14:24 in ice time and taking longer shifts. He was a key player on the penalty kill and his goal was scored shorthanded. He also spent some time on the powerplay, taking a brief shift in the first period and spending more time on the powerplay in the third period as the score got out of hand.
You’ll note that Burrows’ goal went off the left shoulder of Kolesnik and in, the same shoulder he ran into on his “hug.” Clearly, that was just an exploratory move to find a soft spot on Kolesnik’s shoulder pad to aim for later in the game.
Burrows also played a role in a later goal, throwing a hit to free up the puck for Jamie Benn, who fed Teddy Purcell for the 6-0 goal.Tags: Alex Burrows, Burrows, Team Canada, The YouTubes, World Championship