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Canucks Report: Burrows out for Game 4

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
“Alex Burrows has sustained an upper body injury and will not be available for tonight's Game 4 vs. Calgary. He was taken to hospital after practice this morning for precautionary reasons.”

We can now add that Burrows was taken to hospital for the upper body injury, there are no medical issues involved. That’s all the information we’ve been given from the Canucks media relations team following Alex Burrows suffering an injury during the team’s morning skate Tuesday in Calgary.

Burrows left the ice in pain and was helped to the dressing room by team medical staff; it’s unclear what exactly happened, but it’s clear he won’t be playing in Game 4 after leaving the Scotiabank Saddledome on a stretcher.

Insert Sven Baertschi.

The 22-year-old was recalled from the Utica Comets before Burrows even hit the ice for skate this morning and he arrives in Calgary just in time to make his NHL playoff debut, against his former team, with Vancouver trailing the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Baertschi is at the team hotel, but was unavailable for comment.

Coach Desjardins was not aware of the significance of Burrows’ injury when he met with the media, meaning his comments are now dated. He did, however, say Baertschi was recalled for a reason.

“He’s got real good skill, he’s a good skilled played, has good speed and a real good shot,” said coach. “He’s a guy that can break open a game.”

Other news from Desjardins was that he expects everyone (except Burrows) available for Game 4, regardless of if they practiced Monday or skated Tuesday.

GAME 4

It’s not do-or-die, more like do-or-things-will-be-very-difficult-and-there’s-no-room-for-error.

The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames faceoff Tuesday night in Game 4 of their best-of-seven Western Conference Quarter-Final; a win tonight and the Canucks return home with the series tied 2-2 and two of the final three games in Vancouver.

Lose tonight and it’ll be an uphill climb trailing the series 3-1.

“There’s no difference between this and Game 2, it’s one of those where we can’t allow ourselves to get down in a hole,” said Jannik Hansen, who has a goal and an assist in three games this series.

“We need to claw our way back into this,” added Hansen. “A great start would help, then play well and hopefully take the crowd out of it and put them back on their heels.”

Thirteen Canucks skated Tuesday morning, including Sbisa, Vey, Bonino, Burrows, Stanton, Higgins, McMillan, Matthias, Hansen, Kenins, Horvat, Miller and Lack, while Bieksa watched from the bench in a hoodie, tossing pucks at teammates as they took to the ice.

The pressure is on, but the pressure isn’t getting to the Canucks.

LACK READY

Coming into the series, a lot of talk focused on Vancouver’s goaltending “controversy” between Eddie Lack and Ryan Miller.

No such thing exists. Lack has been stellar through three games and he’s counting down the minutes to puck drop Tuesday.

“Every game is getting tougher and tougher and we’re in for a big challenge tonight, but we have a lot of confidence in this room and everyone is just excited to go,” said Lack, who believes a solid start to Game 4 will give the Canucks a much-needed push.

“We’ve talked about our starts all year and needing to be ready and I felt like the first two games we came out hard and that’s something we have to do tonight too.”

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