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Alex Burrows seen limping after Canucks loss to Sharks

Oct 4, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

It’s one game, and the Canucks may already be dealing with an injury to one of their core players.

Dan Murphy of Sportsnet tweeted out following the Canucks’ 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday that he witnessed Alex Burrows limping “badly” out of the room afterward.

Earlier in the game, Burrows took a puck to the face as he sat in the crease of Vancouver’s net during a scramble. He remained in the game. He also blocked a shot with his leg during a 5-on-3 penalty kill, which could explain the limping.

Should Burrows be out for any considerable amount of time, it would require head coach John Tortorella to find another winger to play the right side on the top line with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Zack Kassian, who was slotted in to play that position when training camp opened, still has four more games left to serve in a five-game suspension from the pre-season.

There was a scary moment on the San Jose side, when the skate of Canucks’ winger Chris Higgins came up and clipped Sharks’ defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

Vlasic briefly left the game, but did return.

  1. canucks30 - Oct 4, 2013 at 4:45 AM

    Burrows is still an effective penalty killer and two-way forward but his offensive game seems to have dried up since 2011.

    • Human Cannonball - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      You know that he lead the team in goals last year, right?

      • canucks30 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        That’s a damning statistic right there. Other than Daniel Sedin, who is is competition? David Booth? Zack Kassian? That pretty much encompasses the Canucks problem. They don’t have any natural goal scorers or snipers just playmakers and grinders.

  2. micasa81 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I’m almost positive it happened when he blocked a shot during the 5 on 3. The SJ announcer didn’t pick up on it because at the time Burrows kept going pretty well, but you could still see it was a doozie.

    His offensive game may or may not be in decline, but the Canucks just don’t have the forward depth they used to, and if Burr is out for more than a few games it’s really going to hurt.

    For non Canuck fans, it’ll be easy pickings to label this as Torts’ first shot blocking casualty, but Burrows has always been a huge penalty killer (and by extension, shot blocker).

  3. esracerx46 - Oct 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    “Its just a bruise. Walk it off.”- Torts

  4. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    He’s a douche anyway

    • micasa81 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      As an opponent? No doubt. As a teammate? Ask any member of the Canucks, and they’ll tell you Burrows is one of the best guys to have in the dressing room. That’s a heck of a lot more than you can say for most of the “rats” in the league. Then there’s his charity work with kids at the Make-a-Wish foundation, Canuck Place and ball hockey events – not partciularly douchey behavior there. Top it all off with the fact that he worked his ass off in the ECHL before eventually making the AHL, the NHL, and finally the top line of his team. That’s exactly the kind of NHL success story that any true fan of the game can appreciate.

      At the end of the day, the only people calling Burrows a douche are opposing teams’ fans. That’s something I can totally live with, and if there comes a day that those people stop hurling insults at him, it probably means it’s time for him to hang up the skates.

  5. bauxjangles - Oct 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Maybe his pride is in his leg

  6. blomfeld - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    S O S ?

    If Burrows is now sidelined and the cupboard is indeed ‘bare’ in terms of finding a suitable replacement to play alongside the twins, then you needn’t look any further than Michael David Gillis to thank for that ! Yeah sure, why doesn’t big ‘tough’ guy Booth get in there and pick up the slack ? … what a joke. Anyway, I believe that the excellent Sedin brothers will find a way to win regardless of whoever they’re paired with because they’re quite simply ‘that’ good !

    Kom igen då Daniel and Henrik … du är den bästa !

  7. pxland - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Trying to draw a penalty…

    • micasa81 - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Nope, quite the opposite actually. Nobody even noticed the shot that probably hurt him because he just stayed on his feet and kept killing the penalty.

      • pxland - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Just a joke, and perhaps a poor one at that.

        I do feel bad for making fun after an injury, but I’m not a Canucks fan and I really don’t like the guy. The joke was about his penchant for embellishment which is fairly well known. Get well soon, you’ll be back to diving in no time.

  8. imleftcoast - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    When the shot blocking results in the Canucks missing the playoffs is Gillis going to take the bullet? Trading Schneider for a 9th round pick is ridiculous, but allowing the top six to block shots when there is no bottom six is just bad management.

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