The biggest goal Alex Burrows has scored among his 171 in the National Hockey League, playoffs included, came in the playoffs of 2011. It was so big that it earned itself a nickname – 'The Slay-The-Dragon Goal' – and anyone who follows the Vancouver Canucks knows exactly why. Cue the harp music: Game 7 overtime vs the Chicago Blackhawks, first round. Burrows picks off clearing attempt of 'Hawk defenceman Chris Campoli. Burrows steps into high slot. Burrows buries puck behind Corey Crawford. Burrows win series. Burrows saves team from colossal embarrassment. Now Burrows is the one who needs saving. He has become a shadow of his former self, unable to contribute any offence for a Canuck team desperately in need of it. Certainly he has his excuses. He broke his foot in the season opener and missed almost four weeks, then broke his jaw Dec. 1 and missed another seven weeks. But no goals and just three assists in 22 games? With quality linemates and ample ice time? Maybe it's time for Burrows to change his pre-game meal. Maybe it's time for him to take a different route to the rink. Or maybe it's just time for him to again see that Blackhawk crest, which he will Wednesday night at Rogers Arena when the defending Stanley Cup champs come to town for their second and final visit of the season. Burrows, 32, says you can forget about him changing his rituals. “I try not to believe in that, or go over the top with those type of things,” he explained. “No, I just try to do a little extra after practice and after the morning skate, keep shooting more pucks and feeling comfortable hitting spots. Then, hopefully, things are going to happen. I've seen a lot of guys go through droughts. You just have to stay positive and make sure you do all the right things.” To his credit, Burrows refuses to use the excuse that two prolonged absences from the lineup have affected his timing. He refuses to use the excuse that the jaw protector he must wear is creating vision problems with pucks at his feet. “Maybe the timing is off a little bit,” he conceded. “You know, finding those tiny lanes to make a pass, or make a play, or taking that extra second to hold on to pucks instead of just chipping it in. But that's not an excuse. I have to be better to help this team win games.
Canucks' Burrows has excuses, won't use them, as goal famine reaches 22 games
Vancouver Sun | Jan 29