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Sharks’ Burish on embellishment charge: Canucks should look in mirror

May 7, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

Mason Raymond #21 of the Vancouver Canucks shoots the puck past Adam Burish #37 of the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Canucks 5-2.
(May 4, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

With his team down 3-0 in their first-round series, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa questioned the integrity of San Jose forwards Joe Thornton and Logan Couture and suggested that they were both embellishing to draw penalties.

Before they attempt to settle their differences on the ice (10:00 p.m. ET, CNBC), San Jose Sharks forward Adam Burish decided to fire the next volley in this war of words, according to the Vancouver Province.

“If I was him, while he was up on his soap box and trying to save the integrity of the game and all that stuff, I’d swing by player No. 14 (Alex Burrows) and player No. 17 (Ryan Kesler) and have a little talk about diving and the integrity thing,” Burish said. “Then they can work their way over to our room, but I’d start with their room.

“It’s silly to sit there and call out the refs and worrying about what we’re doing. Please, keep worrying about us. We’re going to worry about what we can do better instead of having props and interviews and video evidence and all that stuff. Game 1 were cheating on face-offs and now we’re embellishing.”

Burish is referring to Canucks coach Alain Vigneault’s claim that the Sharks “cheat and they are allowed to cheat” on the draw. Although to be fair, claiming the opposition is cheating on faceoffs has become very, very popular.


Bieksa calls out Thornton, Couture for embellishment, ‘lack of integrity’

Couture’s reply to Bieksa embellishment accusation: ‘Really?’

  1. clutchfan - May 7, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Sharks are embellishing a lot (certainly a lot more than the Canucks in this series as you can see from the video) and the refs have flubbed a lot of calls, it happens… Canucks will lose this series mostly for other reasons though (a lack of mental toughness and lack of desire from some players).

    • giantsfan155 - May 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      If one of the ginger twins/sedin sisters didn’t smack couture in the head in the first place, none of this would even be happening. In the end, Canucks will always end up losing. Bringing out my broom tonight. Cya next year.

      • loinstache - May 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

        three games of theatrics wouldn’t occur if Henrik sedin didn’t high stick couture at the end of game three? hot damn we have some sort of time travelling gypsy sports analyst here

      • clutchfan - May 7, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        Sharks might sweep the Canucks, but the only YOU will be sweeping with your broom is your mom’s basement…

    • hockeyflow33 - May 7, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      Please keep posting the same video

    • imleftcoast - May 8, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Thumbs for video evidence of the truth. The Shark fans are the whiners. Eat another donut ya fat pigs.

  2. mclovinhockey - May 7, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    This is playoff hockey, divers ruin the game

  3. 950003cups - May 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    I wish my team was still playing.

  4. hsaxjeff - May 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Might want to change the preview on the home page.
    It says
    “San Jose can eliminated the Canucks.”

  5. titansbro - May 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Well said Mr Burrish & it just so happens to be true.

  6. sjsharks66 - May 7, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    The sharks are divers and the canucks can do no wrong.

    Oh hey, Roy just elbowed stuart?

    Canucks and their fans are an embarrassment.

    • loinstache - May 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      you know, there are definitely some misspoken canucks fans (also don’t think clutchfan at the top is actually a canucks fan if that’s what you’re referencing), as with any fanbase. that said there are like, 4 regular canuck posters on PHT this year? compared to the countless thug comments on every article about them? I actually really liked SJ and their fans after 2011 – our teams are very similar and the fanbase was far less beligerent than chicago’s or boston’s. obviously my opinion has changed, but that happens. so honestly, go ahead and enjoy you play offs – the sharks by all means are the better team this year even if they have no chance getting past the WCF. but seriously dude, the narrative and vitriol you’ve managed to continue thumping is seriously delusional.

      • grilledjesus - May 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Nothing like someone whos fan base BURNED DOWN THEIR CITY(TWICE!) calling other fanbases “beligerent”. Pure comic gold!

  7. shortsxit34 - May 7, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    The only thing more hypocritical than the Canucks whining about diving is anything that habsman says.

  8. irokkit - May 7, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    I’m so glad the Bruins beat Vancouver in the Finals. It has become clear that the Canucks organization continues to take inventory of everyone…while mysteriously claiming exempt for themselves.
    Vancouver, the hockey team, not the city is embarrassing the Men of the NHL!!!

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