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Burrows out with broken jaw (Update: expected to miss at least four weeks)

Dec 3, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows was struck in the face when teammate Chris Tanev attempted to clear the puck midway through the second period of their 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Burrows played in the third period, but it was later revealed that he suffered a broken jaw, based on a report from TEAM 1040 and verified by TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.

Here is the play in question:

Vancouver is hoping to have him back in about a month, although for now he’s being regarded as out indefinitely.

The 32-year-old forward recorded between 26 and 35 goals in each campaign from 2008-09 to 2011-12, but this season is turning into one he’d like to forget. He missed most of October because of a foot injury and hasn’t found the back of the net in the 17 games he has been healthy enough to play in.

With a 14-10-5 record, Vancouver is just one point behind the Phoenix Coyotes in the battle for the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, but the Canucks have played in three extra games. Vancouver will attempt to turn its victory over Carolina into the start of a winning streak against Nashville tonight.

Update (12:31 p.m. ET)

  1. upyourstodd - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    yucky.

  2. mikemaric - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Tough year for Burrows. Underrated player. If the Canucks get in the playoffs he will be key to making any sort if run.

    P.S. I guess he won’t be biting anyone anytime soon.

    • amityvillefun - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Beat me to it!

      • gret9 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:21 PM

        Or pulling anyone’s hair either. ;)

  3. amityvillefun - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Wow. Karma does exist! I guess he won’t be biting anyone anytime soon!

    Kidding aside, I hope he recovers fast and can get back to playing, and leave the Mike Tyson chomps in his past.

    • amityvillefun - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Ok, thumbs downers, I take it back. I hope he’s out for weeks. I won’t miss him. Happy?

    • micasa81 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I know you probably haven’t watched Burrows play in 2 years, so you’ll be happy to learn that he already has left the bite in the past. Coincidentally, nobody has shoved their gloved finger gullet deep into his mouth during that time, either.

      Oh, and would a joke about Savard and karma go amiss here? Yes? I guess he was a member of the hallowed Spoked Wheel, after all.

      • comeonnowguys - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        “Left the bite in the past”

        As in “move on and hope everyone forgets it?”

        Good luck with that.

      • amityvillefun - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        Meh, Savard didn’t have that hit coming. He wasn’t a d-bag, didn’t bite people, and wasn’t annoying like Biter Burrows.

        I’m glad you find the “Spoked Wheel” hallowed though! Our patron saint, Bobby Orr, will send his blessings to you…

      • micasa81 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        @comeonnowguys
        As in, whatever Amityville meant by “leave it in the past”, presumably not doing it again.

        @Amityville
        Well, yeah, my post was pretty much obsolete on arrival since you admitted you were being disingenuous with the well-wishing (and we were all so taken in!), and that you are in fact happy that Burrows took a puck to the face and broke his jaw. In case there’s any confusion for all you B’s fans who are so interested in this story, I was in no way reveling in Savard’s career-ending injury.

      • basedrum777 - Dec 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Any good karma Boston had went out the window when the goon Chara planted that Hab into the stanchion post. They’re all dbags in that city. Too bad too b/c its a great city. Just not the sports teams.

  4. nhbsfan - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    I know I’m late, but fingers across the league can rest easy now…

  5. jcmeyer10 - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    *Torts watches play* “Where was that last year?!”

  6. btlpper68 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Damn! These guys beat me to the fingers joke

  7. dropthepuckeh - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Too bad he will miss the Bruins visit next week but happy Bergeron will leave with ten fingers intact…

  8. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Don’t want to see anyone hurt that way. The point I’d like to make is that the Nucks are unlikely to make the playoffs this year. Gm made a big mistake of standing pat for the most part player-wise since their cup appearance, and they are a team in decline. Objectively they are the 10th best team in the WC.

  9. muckleflugga - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    inexplicably, the surgeon who wired alex’s jaw together, went into the operating theatre with ten fingers but left with six…

    duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun bom bom dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo

  10. pugsley927 - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    I hope the puck that hit him is OK. hope the gutless punk enjoys eating his meals out of a blender for a while.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

      Hope you enjoy living in your car and using the computer at the public library.

  11. cambannedloinstache - Dec 3, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Jesus Christ this site has to be one the trashiest hockey communities. Show some some f***ing respect, or at the bare minimum don’t repeat a long tired joke that’s been said in a third of the comments already. Notice how other fanbases rarely bring up Savard? It’s called sportsmanship you f***ing goons.

  12. saintsredwings - Dec 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    As long as the Canucks have Gillis, I’m a happy camper. Dude has done a marvelous job with his roster lol

  13. muckleflugga - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    cambannedloinstache

    midol, get some, use it…

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