BURROWS SEALS SWEEP
Displaying the determination and energy that earned him the Most Exciting Player Award, Alex Burrows scored the overtime winner to advance the Canucks to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and earn the franchise their first sweep of a seven-game series.
Burrows buried the puck behind Blues netminder Chris Mason with 18.9 seconds left in the first period of overtime and the Canucks’ bench erupted in celebration.
Burrows celebrated with his bow-and-arrow salute, a tribute to his late teammate Luc Bourdon.
"I sent that arrow [to the] upper deck for Luc," said Burrows.
"We talked about it and I said before the overtime that this is where legends are born. I thought about Luc and I said: 'Let's get the arrow up there.' And I was able to get it. I knew he was going to be with me and I tried to get it done."
"[Burrows] clinched the series and I can't think of a guy who deserved it more," said Roberto Luongo
The Blues battled back from a 2-0 deficit to push overtime, and while the Canucks swept the series it wasn't an easy task.
“Obviously, we didn’t expect [to win four straight] at all,” said Burrows. “Every game was really hard fought, they battled hard, but I think what it came down to was everyone contributed in this locker room. That was the difference in the series.”
Luongo was outstanding in the series, turning away 47 shots in the final match up. And with solid goaltending the Canucks held the Blues' power play, ranked eighth in the NHL during the regular season, to only one goal in 24 man advantages.
Moving forward the team knows they have to play more disciplined to continue their postseason success.
“I think we’re taking way too many penalties,” said Henrik Sedin
. “If we’re going to go deeper and play teams like Anaheim or San Jose or Detroit they’ve got some really skilled players and you can’t spend that much time in the penalty box if you want to win games. So that’s one thing we really have to work on.”
The Canucks will have plenty of time to improve before facing their next opponents in the next round.READY FOR ROUND TWO
The Canucks were without Mats Sundin and Sami Salo
, both out with lower body injuries Tuesday night in St. Louis as Jannik Hansen
and Ossi Vaananen stepped into the lineup.
"I'm day-to-day with a lower-body injury," said Salo. "I probably could have played Friday [if a Game 5 was neccessary], it's not serious. We made the decision [Tuesday] morning not to go ahead."
"We'll just go day to day and see how it feels. It got fairly bad last game. We decided it was better to save it and miss a game, rather than risk prolonging the injury by playing."
Tuesday’s game was Sundin’s second consecutive scratch due to his injury. However, the Swedish centre had participated in the game day skate, looking strong on the ice.
“They’re both day to day and they’re both lower body,” said Vigneault. “I’m sure in the next few days they’ll be practicing with their teammates and they’ll be ready for the start of the next series.”
Luongo suffered some quad cramping during the second period of last night's game due to dehydration, but was able to play through.
With the series sweep, the Canucks have earned themselves at least a week long break before second round gets underway, time to rest up and heal any minor injuries. The team will enjoy two days off before returning to GM Place for practice on Friday.
“We’re going to use this time to make us better and I think it’s going to be really positive,” said Vigneault. “This was a very physical and intense series, we’ve got a few guys that are going to use this time to rest their bodies and get ready for the next one. I don’t see any negativity at all with this time off. “THE PLAYOFF SHOW:
Watch The Playoff Show live Wednesday at 3 pm as Jeff Paterson and guest Rod Brathwaite break down news and notes from Tuesday's game, deliver exclusive one-on-one interviews with players, and answer live fans questions. More