Alex Burrows scores goals, hugs goalies, is the best
(Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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.

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29 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    May 12, 2012

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy ;)

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    • Nee
      May 12, 2012

      Truly

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    • Andre
      May 13, 2012

      As my wife is fond of quoting:” It takes ‘ard work!”

      Un beau but Alex!

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  2. Brad
    May 12, 2012

    Haha love the Kesler “wow” after Burrows’ goal.

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  3. Dave Robinson (@dcrwrites)
    May 12, 2012

    And even internationally, Burr’s preference for shorties over PPGs shines through.

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  4. pooroldbear
    May 12, 2012

    Great post- thanks for the coverage! That hugging move is actually an elaborate expansion on the more spare, Scandanavian lines of Sedin’s version, with proper back slapping and all. Nice to see Burrows getting some love from someone – even from Khasakstan goalie (and now, the whole of Team Canada). After all the irrational hate, a nice watch is the least they could do.

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  5. bearspaw
    May 12, 2012

    Loved the goal, typical Burrows shortie and really nice to see him get some respect! Too cute that little Burrows jersey. I hope he’s having the time of his life while there.

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  6. pete
    May 12, 2012

    i’m not the only one seeing the fast cut to Ryan Kesler in the penalty box saying ‘wow’ after Burrows’ goal on the second vid, am i? around 2.33, friggin’ hilarious…

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    • Shand
      May 12, 2012

      Keslurking burr’s goals

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  7. Hips
    May 12, 2012

    Is that an angry bird during the awards presentation?

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    • mac n cheese
      May 13, 2012

      Thank god, I thought I was the only one who noticed…

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  8. RG
    May 12, 2012

    Is that Keith snubbing Burr on the goal celebration? Fist bump for Eberle, but not Burr? Am I gonna hafta overreact right about now and do something irrational!?

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    • AJ
      May 12, 2012

      Great job Burr! Another feather in your cap. Your little one Victoria is so cute.

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      May 13, 2012

      I think it’s hard to tell. From what I can see, it looks like Burrows looks down briefly when Keith comes over, as you would do when touching fists or giving fives. So, to me, it looks like they did acknowledge each other, even if it wasn’t the most enthusiastic mutual pat.

      Quite honestly, I really can’t see Burrows holding a grudge and I’d imagine that Keith would be the same way given his past history with the national team. If you play on enough rep teams, you’re bound to end up as teammates with players you’ve butted heads with in the past; moving past that for the good of the team is just part of the experience.

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  9. Chris the Curmudgeon
    May 12, 2012

    Other noteworthy thing about that video? The clear disdain Keith and Burrows maintain for each other, as Duncan barely looks at him to acknowledge the goal. I know about the whole “hair-pulling” incident, but that was years ago, get over it already.

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  10. cathylu
    May 12, 2012

    The Kesler insert made me LOL! And what the heck is that mascot thing?? Some Angry Bird variation?

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    • immie_8
      May 12, 2012

      I think I heard the commentators call it the “hockey bird”.

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      • cathylu
        May 13, 2012

        Yes it is “Hockey Bird”. When I got up this morning the NBC Sports Network was actually showing the USA-Finland game, and they talked about Hockey Bird.

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  11. Karen
    May 12, 2012

    Oh how I wish I could see Ron MacLean sobbing openly that he’s not there to discredit Burrow’s good play. It must be a bitter pill for him to swallow.

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  12. kavy36
    May 12, 2012

    ADORABLE. To both big Burrows and lil Burrows. :)

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  13. tom selleck's moustache
    May 13, 2012

    Do you know what’s best about this whole thing though? It partly feels like vindication for some of the unfair treatment that Burrows gets outside of Vancouver. He doesn’t get very much credit from the rest of the NHL for what he brings to the team. But then you allow him the opportunity to perform in an arena where there isn’t going to be the predisposed bias and dismissive attitude that exists towards him and you see, what we all expect would be, the outcome of it: that he would be seen and acknowledged for what he is, which is a really good, effective and hardworking player.

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    • Abby
      May 13, 2012

      Yeah. I totally agree about the whole vindication business. It’s about time and I’m glad to see him really prove himself and disprove all the garbage that usually goes along with his name. Yes, he can be an ‘agitator’, but he also scores goals and creates plays and is a hardworking hockey player.

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    • sox/canucks fan
      May 14, 2012

      Well said.

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  14. AJ
    May 13, 2012

    A blue collar ethic. He could have left after the head injury but he stayed. He has so much heart that it was good to see him get his dues as the oldest member of Team Canada.

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  15. SteveB
    May 13, 2012

    Alexandre Burrows was always my favourite yellow Skittle.

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  16. jester
    May 13, 2012

    @ H M – PLS considor some Sun coverage of BCHL Junoir A Penticton Vees at the RBC CUP
    finals . Starts today, 430 PM Team 1040 Vees have won 54 of 60 games including 40) in a row.
    tks. Go nucks 2012-13

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  17. Brent
    May 13, 2012

    Wow, player of the game! Take that haters!

    Did you see the iihf power rankings? Here it is if not:

    “Burrows and Phaneuf are beloved national heroes”

    Those things are too funny, I wonder who writes them? Anybody we know from Awesomeville?

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  18. Tamara B
    May 14, 2012

    Baby Burrows is precious!!! I’m loving watching Alex play. I love his style of play and his trash talking etc. Probably because I love the Canucks. I imagine if I liked any other teams he’d probably not be a favourite. So lucky I love the Canucks because then I can giggle instead of scowl at Burr. :)

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  19. jafajack
    May 15, 2012

    Awesome hockey player and a really nice guy – An excellent goodwill ambassador for Canada

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