Alex Burrows is such a terrible teammate. Having gone 35 games without scoring a single goal this season, Burrows chose to break his drought during Henrik Sedin’s 1000th career game, stealing the spotlight and making the game all about him. Selfish.
To make it even worse, Burrows scored two goals without allowing Henrik to tally an assist, despite playing on the top line with the Canucks captain. And you’ll notice that he scored two goals; why no assists, Burrows? Share the puck, Alex, this is a team game.
In fact, Burrows had a game-high 6 shots, while his other linemate, Nicklas Jensen, had just one, clearly because Burrows is such a puck-hog. Way to provide a toxic environment for the rookie, Burrows. Oh wait, I’m being sarcastic. Creating a toxic environment is a bad thing, Burr.
The final piece of evidence that Burrows was playing for the name on the back of his jersey rather than the logo on the front? He had the opportunity to score in the shootout and didn’t do it, obviously because it wouldn’t have counted for his points this season. He clearly just wanted to boost his personal statistics and didn’t care about getting his team the win. He was just out for number one, who was, in this case, number 14.
Alex Burrows is just the worst. I watched this game.
Canucks 3 – 2 Jets (SO)
- Okay, so I might have been a bit facetious in that intro.
- I’m glad the Canucks managed to win Henrik Sedin’s 1000th career game. He just became the first player to ever appear in 1000 games as a Vancouver Canuck without ever playing for another team. Amazingly, his 1000th game somehow came in an arena he had never played in before, since he missed the first game in Winnipeg this season with an incredibly rare injury. That’s pretty neat.
- On an entirely unrelated note, Tom Sestito fought Anthony Peluso. It wasn’t just unrelated to Henrik’s 1000th game, but to the game itself and its end result. Heck, it was barely related to fighting, as the two mostly punched the air near each other’s heads, as if they thought they could knock the other out by depriving them of oxygen by punching it away.
- It didn’t look like the Canucks were en route to a victory. The game looked all too familiar: they dominated early, out-shooting the Jets 14-9 in the first period, but couldn’t buy a goal. Then they gave up a goal early in the second and got into penalty trouble. But then the weirdest thing happened: Burrows magically became clutch again. I mean, magic is as good an explanation as any other.
- Hipsters will love Burrows’ first goal of the season, because it was vintage. He went hard to the net, Jason Garrison’s shot hit him in the leg, he corralled the bouncing puck, and he swept it in from just outside the crease. It was greasy and ugly, just like Burrows. I mean, just like the type of goals Burrows used to score all the time. Man, that came out all wrong.
- The best part of Burrows busting his slump was all of his teammates, who had the biggest, goofiest grins on their faces. It was a nice reminder that they are, in fact, a team and actually give a damn about each other. Even sourpuss Kesler broke out in the first genuine smile I’ve seen from him in months.
- After the Jets took the lead once more in the third period, it was up to Burrows yet again to tie things up. He got the kind of lucky bounce that has eluded him all season. Either that or it was the most incredible pass from Jannik Hansen, intentionally chipping the puck over the net for Burrows. Or luck. Probably luck. Burrows then pretended the puck was a snake and the day was May 10th, so he could whack the puck into the net.
- Alex Burrows was easily the best Canuck on the ice and he could have had four more goals. He had his stick slashed out of his hand on a partial breakaway, got robbed by Pavelec in front on a rebound, hit the post on a tip off a Kevin Bieksa shot, and shot the puck over the net from inside the hash marks during overtime. Basically, Burrows’ luck hasn’t really changed, but the hockey gods underestimated how much bad luck he would need. They didn’t expect him to be this good.
- Of course, we can’t have something good without something terrible happening, so Jim Slater hit Ryan Kesler knee-on-knee, taking Kesler out of the game and sending him back to Vancouver for an MRI. This will, of course, lead to second-guessing about whether Mike Gillis should have accepted the best of whatever lame-duck offers he received at the trade deadline and sent Kesler packing, because Canucks fans are a reasonable bunch who would have definitely accepted that. Right.
- The Jets had plenty of opportunities to take control and win this game. Evander Kane got a penalty shot when the Jets were up 1-0, but Eddie Lack made the save. When they were up 2-1, Andrew Ladd got a breakaway, but Lack once again came up big. Then, in overtime, they had a wide open net, but Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis made a miraculous save, sliding in front and blocking the shot with the back of his leg. Really, though, he should focus his miraculous abilities on multiplying loaves and fishes.
- I thought Nicklas Jensen had a very good game and he led all Canucks in Corsi% at even-strength. His best moment came early in the first period when he set up Chris Higgins for a scoring chance, then beat feet back to the defensive zone to help break up the counter-attack when Higgins missed the net. The sound you heard was Canucks fans everywhere heaving a big sigh of relief that one of the team’s prospects actually looks like he might be a half-decent top-six forward.
- Jensen’s performance did not go unnoticed by John Tortorella. He played just short of 20 minutes, including 4 minutes of power play time. With Kesler out, he even played on the first unit. Then he got the start with Henrik in overtime rather than Burrows, and was the second shooter in the shootout. In the space of three games, Jensen has already earned more trust than Zack Kassian, though if you look at their respective faces, that’s not surprising.
- The overtime period was incredibly intense, with not a single whistle in the five minute frame. Whoever came up with the phrase “pulse-pounding” is clearly a time traveller who saw this overtime. Then the five minutes ended and we went to the bradycardia-inducing shootout. Hurray.
- I was excited to see Jensen bust out his Forsbergian deke, and he didn’t disappoint, except for the part where Ondrej Pavelec made like an NHL-level goaltender and wasn’t the least bit fooled. The surprise star (and only scorer) was Chris Higgins, whose hands were suddenly as soft and quick as Patrick Kane’s, thoroughly befuddling Pavelec before going to the forehand and tucking the puck in with a good night story and a lullaby.
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