Through the first five games of the Vancouver Canucks' playoff run, Alex Burrows recorded one puny assist, went minus-three and was starting to hear the damning whispers that he isn't a playoff player

Then it all changed. Beginning with Game 6 in the opening round series against Chicago, Burrows has rattled off four goals and four assists over nine postseason games while going plus-two. It's also been a loud eight points, including the golden goal in Game 7 of the Chicago series, a shorthanded goal against Nashville and a picture-perfect set-up on Kevin Bieksa's third-period tying goal in Game 1 of the Western final.

So what happened? Players generally don't experience this kind of transformation in the middle of the playoffs. I mean, it must have been something pretty big to cause such a dramatic change; something momentous and life-changing.


And it was. Burrows, it seems, has become familiar with the act of changing diapers.

"You try to leave the hockey stuff at the rink and go home and live your family life," says Burrows. "But, for sure, it's a huge plus for me. Feeling good at home carries over to the rink and I'm sure if you talk to the guys, they'd say the same thing

"I think it's just the way your brain works and the way your body reacts to your brain. When things go good in the outside world, ithelps."

It also helps the Canucks immeasurably that Burrows has re-established himself as a difference-maker. And if this keeps up, the team might have to fit Victoria Burrows with a Stanley Cup ring.