Alex Burrows’ season was so cursed that it managed to continue past the end of the actual season. Burrows was playing a key role for Team Canada at the World Championship in Minsk, killing penalties and playing with young talent like Nathan MacKinnon and Brayden Schenn.
It was too much to hope that this one thing would continue to go right for Burrows. Burrows left Team Canada’s 6-1 win over Italy at the end of the first period after a nasty knee-on-knee hit from Joachim Ramoser.
The injury took place with just one minute left in the first period as Burrows cut across the top of the offensive zone. The 19-year-old Ramoser went looking for a big hit and instead ended up hanging his leg out on Burrows, buckling Burrows’ leg and sending him writhing to the ice in pain.
Burrows wasn’t able to leave the ice on his own strength and put no weight on his right leg as MacKinnon and Schenn helped him off the ice.
Ramoser got a 5-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct. He may receive supplementary discipline, as Alex Edler did for his knee-on-knee hit on Eric Staal at last year’s World Championship tournament. Maybe the Canucks should avoid the tournament from now on, as bad things tend to happen. I recommend they avoid it with long runs in the playoffs every year.
It’s unclear how severe Burrows’ injury was, but it didn’t look good. According to Dave Tippett, however, it may not be that bad.
Tippett said he doesn’t think Burrows injury is that a serious but they will re evaluate it again on Saturday.
— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) May 16, 2014
Canada next plays on Sunday in a big game against Sweden. Here’s hoping Burrows will be able to play.
But seriously, the poor guy. I’d say “At least things can’t possibly get worse” but that would be just asking for trouble. He’s already badly bruised his ankle, broken his jaw, and gone a crazy number of games without scoring in the past few months. Now he seems to be settling in while representing his country and this happens. Which vengeful deity did he cross during the last off-season? My money’s on Nemesis.
Jason Garrison also missed the game against Italy with an undisclosed illness.
Sounds like just a bad charley horse for #canucks forward Alex Burrows at the World Championships.
— Dan Murphy (@sportsnetmurph) May 16, 2014
If that’s the case, that has to be a relief for both Burrows and Canucks fans. I didn’t like the way his knee buckled in the replay, but that may just be the overprotective parent coming out in me. As Tippett said, he’ll be reevaluated on Saturday, so we’ll know more then.Tags: Alex Burrows, World Championship