VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Alex Burrows wasn't complaining about having two days off between Games 1 and 2. It allowed him to be a daddy for a little while.
Burrows' wife Nancy gave birth to the couple's first child, Victoria, on April 27 at B.C. Women's Hospital. It was the day after he scored the biggest goal of his career and one of the biggest in Canucks' history, the overtime winner in Game 7 against Chicago.
He didn't have much time to celebrate the momentous occasion because less than 24 hours after Victoria was born, the Canucks were playing Game 1 against Nashville. It's been a whirlwind since then for Burrows, but he said his wife has been phenomenal and their families are still visiting from Montreal so they can help out with all the household chores.
"I try to help out as much as I can in the afternoon by changing diapers and cooking dinner, that kind of stuff," Burrows told NHL.com, "but (Nancy) knows once 9:30 or 10 o'clock comes around, the spare bedroom is mine and I'm going to bed."
Burrows said his wife and visiting family members are totally understanding of his need for rest at this time of the year.
"It's nice to be spending a few days at home but at the same time everybody understands this is playoff hockey and it's really important for us to focus right now and put our full energy to be mentally ready for these games," Burrows said. "We've approached it the right way and we'll be ready tonight."
He nevertheless agreed that it's not an easy time because as much as he wants to be a daddy, he also wants to focus on trying to make his other dream come true.
"We're pushing toward our main goal and we know there is still a lot of work ahead," Burrows said. "There are a lot of tough games coming up here, but it's fun, it's what you live for. This is why you put in all the hard training in the summer and what you've been working your whole life for."
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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final