Alex Burrows mocks Phil Kessel’s lumberjack skills, causes Leafs star to flip out [VIDEO]

Alex Burrows is one of the NHL’s elite chirpers, and it’s not just that he has a lot to say in his nigh unintelligible accent — he does his research. His chirping of David Backes involved mentioning Backes’s girlfriend by name. He needled Aaron Downey by mocking the Detroit enforcer’s childhood potato farm. He made reference to Mike Richards’ reputation as a pretty fun dude to party with, complete with a little pile of ice shards on his stick.

When Burrows gets going, he’s going for the throat.

Or in the case of Phil Kessel, the ankles. When the two forwards got into it at the benches during Saturday’s contest, Burrows chirped Kessel for his infamous run-in with John Scott, which involved Kessel backing away from the monstrous Scott while slashing Scott in the ankle once in retreat and then again once Scott was occupied elsewhere.

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Watch amazing Bure tribute, ‘Johnny Canuck and the Russian Rocket’ [VIDEO]

Pavel Bure received two pretty incredible video tributes Saturday as he watches his number retired to the rafters. The first was the one that aired in Rogers Arena just prior to sending the number up, scored to “Hall of Fame” by Irish rock band The Script.

The second comes courtesy filmmaker Adam Mackay-Smith, whose Johnny Canuck films are among the best fan videos we get out here in Vancouver. The latest, “Johnny Canuck and the Russian Rocket”, is a short but moving tribute to an unforgettable player.

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Pavel Bure’s number retirement will feature tribute from Johnny Canuck Films (Sneak Peek)

The Canucks chose the day for Pavel Bure’s number retirement ceremony very wisely. Not only did they pick a day when they would have a national audience on Hockey Night in Canada, they also picked the day they’re playing the 4 PM game on CBC, which ensures they won’t have to deal with an earlier game going long.

Already this season, the Canucks have had to either delay the start of their game or had the first few minutes left untelevised or moved to a specialty channel due to the first game in a double header going to overtime or the shootout. It seems like most of those games have involved the Toronto Maple Leafs, either on CBC or TSN. This time around, the Canucks will be on the other side: they’re the ones playing the Leafs and, with the pre-game ceremony and the Canucks’ proclivity to take teams to overtime this season, may end up cutting into the Red Wings and Oilers.

All of this means that fans should be able to watch the entire pre-game ceremony on TV with no risk of missing any of it because of another game. That will include a video tribute from Johnny Canuck Films, makers of several fantastic Johnny Canuck shorts over the last few years. Adam MacKay-Smith, who both directs and plays Johnny Canuck in the series, was kind enough to send us a few sneak peek screenshots of the short film.

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