The annual Every Goal series will run Monday to Thursday through July and August, remembering every goal scored by the Canucks, player by player. Today, we take a look at Alex “I’m like a Burr” Burrows.
I’m sure you’re expecting a lot of Sedinery in part two Alex Burrows’s “Every Goal” entry, but it’s not their party. Today’s clips really underscore what a star Burrows has become, from his goal versus the Maple Leafs, who paid dearly for underestimating him all year, to a goal versus the Avalanche that really shows his place in the Canucks’ locker room.
But also there’s a lot of Sedinery. Enjoy.
December 17th was a coming out party of sorts for Alex Burrows. The Leafs are used to being bamboozled by the Sedins, and they worked hard to cover the twins as best they could. As a result, Burrows saw a lot of open ice, and he took the opportunity to remind them he was pretty good too. This goal’s a good example, as he walks through the middle of the ice and puts a lovely wrister in off the post. The shot’s got more ping than Pingu, and he’s four-fifths ping.
Let’s be fair: while Burrows is more than just the guy that finishes sexy Sedin plays, sometimes that’s exactly what he is. That’s certainly the case here, as he gets a tap-in after the Sedins make the Wild defencemen look drunk. And what do you get when you combine wild and beer? Bewilder. That’s what the twins do here. Daniel’s toe drag is stupid awesome.
Great outlet pass by Alex Edler to spring the Sedin line 3-on-2 here. The Wings do the smart thing, overplaying the twins, but it leaves Burrows all alone in front, and if that happens, Henrik’s going to find him. He does, and Burrows tips the puck past Howard. Extra credit to the check Daniel gives Brad Stuart on the handoff to put him off balance as Henrik skates a circle around him. Clever.
Some brutal backchecking by the Oilers here, as a 1-on-1 shorthanded devolves into a 2-on-3 and Burrows still winds up completely wide open in front. The most shocking replay is the one from behind, as Kesler takes the drop pass behind the goal and somehow draws all three Oilers to him. He’s not scoring from there, guys. Cover the guy whose shooting lane isn’t blocked by the back of a net.
Burrows may look like the tap-in artist here, but he makes this play happen by streaking through the middle of the ice. It backs off the Wild defenders, opening up a passing lane. Well, it’s a passing lane for Henrik, who can make backhand saucers in his sleep. The moment he does, and both Wild defenders turn to Daniel, Daniel catches them unawares a second time, feeding Burrows in front for the goal.
Burrows gets the tip-in here versus Boston, just redirecting Cody Hodgson’s shot enough to let it squeak through Tim Thomas’s legs. I don’t have a joke here, but Tim Thomas recently wrote that he stands with a sandwich chain regarding their stance against gay marriage, and I kind of think that’s a joke.
Burrows spends a lot of time practicing his quick release on passes from the Sedins below the goal line, so it’s not surprising that he buries this one with some practiced haste. It’s not a pass, mind you. The puck just trickles out to him after Henrik loses it off Daniel’s skate. Unless Henrik meant to do that. Whoa.
Great tip here by Burrows, as he redirects an Alex Edler shot downwards and into the Blues goal, which is, in my opinion, the best place he could have redirected it.
You just know Drew Miller is in trouble when he takes this puck into the middle of his own zone. That’s where Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre are, and they make him pay in a hurry. Burrows pokes the puck off Miller’s stick, then Lapierre pokes it to Burrows, then Burrows pokes it really, really hard past Jimmy Howard.
An interesting thing to note about the empty-net goal that gives Burrows his 20th of the year: He gets the star treatment, as Chris Higgins slows up at the last second to leave this goal for Burrows. I never get tired of exclamation points on Burrows’s unlikely journey to the NHL, and watching a former first round draft pick do the role-playerly thing and defer to Burrows the superstar is pretty inspiring, in my opinion.
Alex Burrows, Every Goal, every goal 2011-12