VANCOUVER, B.C. -- He's been riding shotgun with the Sedin twins now for nearly two seasons, but perhaps it's time to give Alexandre Burrows credit for his own talents.
Burrows scored the first goal of Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night -- his seventh of the postseason -- and assisted on the Kevin Bieksa' series-clinching goal in double overtime as the Canucks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1994 with a 3-2 victory at Rogers Arena.
The 30-year-old who made his way to the NHL via the ECHL after going undrafted has 14 points in 18 games during the playoffs. Three of his seven goals have come in series-clinching games -- one came in overtime of Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Following the game, Burrows talked with reporters:
Q: Can you talk about what you saw on Bieksa's winning goal and the emotions you're feeling right now?
A: It's unbelievable. I was looking for the puck behind the net. I don't know what happened, but I think it hit the glass. I was expecting it behind the net. I turned around and heard the crowd just as he was shooting it. It just went in and it was a great feeling. We're really happy to move on.
Q: How good was Roberto Luongo (54 saves) tonight?
A: Really good. Every time he gets 50 shots, he's pretty good. Back in his Florida days, he's got a lot of experience with that. So he unbelievable and made some big saves. He looked big and played with confidence.
Q: How good was San Jose in this game tonight?
A: They were very good. They pushed the pace. Definitely, we really had to dig deep tonight. They're a good team over there. You have to give them credit. They worked hard.
Q: What does it mean for your personally to get a chance to play for the Stanley Cup?
A: All my work throughout my life, and now I have a chance to battle for the Stanley Cup. It's a dream come true. But it's important that we focus and get ready.
Q: When you saw Ryan Kesler (who tied the score in the final seconds of regulation) go off and come back, what was going through your mind there?
A: Obviously he's a man. I knew he was going to come back. He came back strong and scored a big goal.
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