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.

Here’s a great Vine of the moment, courtesy Ryan Gregory:

And here’s a GIF from @Choderama:

That’s just quality chirping. It had its desired effect, too. Kessel was rattled.

Kessel is the Leafs’ primary weapon, and a large part of the reason that the club is winning despite playing a lot of games like they played Saturday night. That in mind, any time you can take him off the ice, you’ve done your job, and Burrows succeeded in doing that. The next time the two forwards shared the ice, Burrows bumped Kessel, probably said something else, and the two dropped the gloves.

They didn’t fight, really. They just fell to the ice in the touching scene you see at the top of this post. But the officials called it a fight, and the two went to the box for five minutes apiece.

It’s important to note when this happened. Kessel and Burrows spilled onto the ice with the Canucks leading 1-0, but just after the Leafs’ sixth consecutive shot on goal. It was their largest push of the game, their best stretch by far (it featured almost one-third of their total shots), but it effectively ended the moment Burrows was able to goad Kessel into a five-minute major. The Canucks dominated the remainder of the game and the Leafs were never able to manage another push.

Shortly after, Tom Sestito and Colton Orr chucked as well, but if you want to point to a fight that actually made a difference in this game, it’s this one.

14 comments

  1. Doop
    November 2, 2013

    This almost makes up for looking off Bieksa on the backdoor tap-in the other night.

    Almost.

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  2. Chinstrap Joe
    November 2, 2013

    I can’t fathom the shame the Kessel family feels after seeing one of their own mounted by a French-Canadian.

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  3. Lemming
    November 2, 2013

    I guess you could say the fight made the difference, but what probably actually made the difference was that Toronto lost its best play-driving forward for 5 minutes, who was also clearly a little mentally tangled by Burrows as well. The fight was just the mechanism. Well used by Burrows, I might add.

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  4. Mr
    November 3, 2013

    “I can’t fathom the shame the Kessel family feels after seeing one of their own mounted by a French-Canadian”.
    Good day to you I say Sir! Good Day!

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  5. Brent
    November 3, 2013

    This is GREAT and everything, but where is the game summary. Daniel better be at a hospital with a sick kid for it to be this late! (Actually I don’t mean that but do wonder where it is. Especially since I am so pumped about totally dominating the leafs).

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  6. Johan
    November 3, 2013

    To be fair the sestito fight(and misconduct) did make a difference. Orr was taking runs at everything before those.

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  7. shoes
    November 3, 2013

    It was totally fitting that the extremely beautiful moment orchestrated and conducted by one Alexandre Burrows vs…the little woodchopper occured on a night when the team honored a man who gave us many beautiful moments. I am certain that it took Pavel back to a happy time when he absolutely got tired of being pushed around and Churla paid the piper having been one of the tune callers.

    I am with the poster above and await anxiously for the game breakdown, which I suspect is going to come around noon sunday. Alcohol has been used as an excuse before and no doubt played a part in this slight and unavoidable “delay”

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  8. shoes
    November 3, 2013

    Daniel and Harrison. Not often I beg, but please do a breakdown of Lupul attempting to decapitate Hank and instead clocking Kadri and making one of the funniest gifs ever. It looks like disoriented bowling pins, in leafs uniforms.

    https://vine.co/v/hj5Fr117A7t/embed/simple

    Thank you in advance.

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  9. Mt
    November 3, 2013

    When I saw that during the game I assumed that Burrows was complaining about Kessel slashing. I still wonder if that might have been part of it though the broadcast didn’t ever show a highlight. It’s better this way though, it’s no potato farm but it’s pretty funny.

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  10. MISC
    November 3, 2013

    lmfao deb with the typical lousy commentary, -6 already
    go back to (over)modding CDC

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  11. mb13
    November 4, 2013

    Precisely the reason why I’m no longer a Canucks fan… Burrows is the worst type of offender… mocks people, bites people and then cries when the refs are “out to get him”.

    If someone breaks his face, Canucks fans shouldn’t cry that he didn’t deserve it.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      November 4, 2013

      Do you just hate fun? Is that the problem?

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  12. deb
    November 4, 2013

    In fairness, could you delete my last comment along with the others that were removed? :) Because it doesn’t make sense without them.

    Thanks, keep up the good work.

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  13. shoes
    November 4, 2013

    mb13……we are all Canucks. So you say you ‘are no longer a canucks fan’ …..really how does that work? You just move to Edmonton and start reading Mark Spector at bedtime? Or what enlighten us. You sound like freedom57

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