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Did Alex Burrows intentionally open the door on this hit?

Nov 21, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is asking readers about an incident from the Senators’ 2-1 overtime loss in Vancouver last night.

Midway through the first period, Canucks center Maxim Lapierre nailed Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester near the Vancouver bench.

It’s being alleged that Burrows purposely opened the door — the hockey equivalent of pulling the chair out from under someone when they’re about to sit.

“I don’t like it,” Garrioch wrote. “I think Burrows should be suspended. He won’t be, but he should be.”

As Yerdon mentioned in the Morning Skate, Winchester wasn’t pleased with the incident.

“It’s not a safe play,” said Winchester. “I was under the impression my butt was against the wall, the next thing I know I’m through the bench. I couldn’t see behind me, I’m not paying attention to what’s on the bench.”

Burrows offered a slightly different take.

“It was a line change and at the last minute he got hit pretty good there and the door wasn’t closed completely,” he explained to the Vancouver Province. “He’s a Montreal guy and one of my friends so it’s a good thing he didn’t get hurt on the play.”

It’s tough to judge intent, but also tough to ignore Burrows’ and Lapierre’s less-than-pristine reputations. Lapierre’s long been considered one of hockey’s dirtiest players while Burrows is best known for feuding with officials and eating Patrice Bergeron‘s finger (this despite the fact he has more goals than Vincent Lecavalier over the last three years.)

They’re two of the big reasons why Vancouver is filed under “Hated, Most” in the NHL Teams Rolodex.

  1. comeonnowguys - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Wow. I’m shocked.

  2. alfienation - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    It’s also hard to ignore Burrow’s hilariously idiotic comment about Winchester being a “Montreal Guy” when neither Long Sault or Cornwall are really Montreal suburbs 😉

    • noulp - Nov 21, 2011 at 8:22 PM

      Learn to wiki dude. “Upon receiving his draft notice the following year, [Jesse Winchester] moved to Montreal, Quebec to avoid military service”

      But seriously, he’s clearly trying to lock the gate.

  3. imleftcoast - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Burrows looks like he’s trying to get the gate locked. Don’t buy the controversy on this.

  4. gnazarov - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Yeah I’m sure Burrows opened the door on purpose. After all, he is a completely d-bag. Him and Lapierre are just completely douche bags.

  5. pastabelly - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    Burrows and Lapierre are douchebag. Assume the worst here.

  6. bogrann - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    terrible accusations, Burrows was simply the “door guy” for that shift. Garrioch, biased much?

  7. stakex - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    First of all, Lapierre didn’t do anything wrong. He simply delivered a hit… there is no way he could know that door wasn’t latched. Second, the video provided does not show Burrows opening the door, and it certainlly does not show any intent to open it to effect the hit on Winchester.

    I don’t care for Lapierre or Burrows, but theres nothing here… at least not from the video provided.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      Completely agree–I’m not sure how Lapierre could have know the door was going to open.

      If you look at the side view, at around :30 Burrows either looks like he’s trying to brace it or open it, and this is where your reputation can backfire on you.

  8. govtminion - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    I’ll echo that Burrows is the very definition of douchebag (I’m also a Bruins fan, natch)… but I find it hard to believe that he did that on purpose.

  9. howiehandles - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    I’m not a Nuck fan, and find them whiny and dirty little bitches, who play attractive hockey, but I don’t see intent here.

  10. michiganhockey11 - Nov 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Burrows is a complete and utter d-bag, but you can’t tell from the video above that he did it.

    Happened to me once when playing. It’ll mess your back up pretty bad.

    • haterzgonahate - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:09 PM

      ya that guy with the inspirational story of going from the ECHL, never being drafted, to playing on one of the top lines in hockey for one of the best teams and becoming one of their best players is a real D-bag that nobody would want on their team! lol

      news flash… the Bruins won.. time to turn the page

      • michiganhockey11 - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:46 AM

        Look at his track record. Faking injuries, diving, etc. Textbook definition of D-bag. You can have a great inspirational story, but if you’re goign to play liek that, you’ll earn a reputation.

  11. canucks18 - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    I have watched the PVR replay about 10 times and there is nothing to say that he did this on purpose. This game happens so fast and there isn’t enough time to be premeditated like some of you “hooligans with pitchforks” cause you don’t like certain players… The “most hated” reputation is something that helps you feel important to find a way to shit on them whenever you get a ridiculous reason… Pathetic

  12. sumoallstar - Nov 21, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Pretty sure there was no intent. Right at the 2 second mark you can see the door is already open after a line change. Just a matter of not having it bolted before the hit. And if I’m not mistaken, at the 7 second mark you can hear Lapierre yell “Fermez la porte, Alex!!!’ followed by an annoying French-waiter-laugh.

  13. pastabelly - Nov 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Intent or not, Burrows and Lapierrre ARE douchebags. They probably sit on top of Recchi’s list.

  14. haterzgonahate - Nov 21, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    LOL… cannot believe this is a story.

    Canucks + Hate = good ratings apparently

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