VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) — Alexandre Burrows has
plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Hours after agreeing to terms on a new contract extension,
Burrows netted a pair of goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to
their third straight win, a 3-2 victory over the slumping
Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
“Starting with the contract, I think we’re very happy that it
got done,” Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. “I know that
Alex wanted to continue his career here in Vancouver and both
parties made some concessions and they found a way to come to an
agreement. I think, for our team, that’s excellent. He came
over tonight and he played a real solid game.”
Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier scored 28 seconds apart in the
second period and captain Roberto Luongo made 17 saves for the
Canucks, who overcame an early two-goal deficit en route to
their 11th win in 13 contests.
Dan Fritsche and defenseman Marek Zidlicky both scored in the
opening session and All-Star Niklas Backstrom stopped 28 shots
for the Wild, who have lost four consecutive games.
“I think we have to look at the tape of what we’re doing wrong
because we played a good first and third (period), and we need
to play all three periods like that,” said Backstrom, who signed
a four-year, $24-million contract earlier in the day.
Burrows, who agreed to a four-year extension before the game,
started the comeback at 9:57 of the first period just three
seconds after Vancouver’s power play had expired. The
27-year-old deflected Willie Mitchell’s shot from the right
point past Backstrom.
“I’m playing on a good team that has a chance to win a Stanley
Cup and that’s what you want as a young boy and as a hockey
player,” Burrows said. “That’s my second dream after being in
the NHL. Now it’s win a Stanley Cup. That’s what I’m going to
“I think it was a great move for the team to retain a guy like
that,” Luongo said of Burrows’ extension. “He’s a big part of
Demitra leveled the contest at 2-2 with 2:04 remaining in the
middle session, and Bernier forced a turnover in front of the
net and scored to give the Canucks the lead just 28 seconds
“We played good,” Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. “Take out
five, six minutes of it and it’s fine. You look at the third.
We got caught once and they scored.”
Burrows provided some breathing room with 6:57 left in the third
period, tucking a backhander between the pads of Backstrom to
make it 4-2. It was Burrows’ 18th goal of the season.
“What a great play by the twins,” Burrows said of his second
goal, which was assisted by the Sedin brothers. “It started
deep in our end and just followed up and (Daniel) made a great
play to (Henrik) and he was so patient.
“I don’t know how he saw me coming from behind him, but he did
and perfect saucer right on my tape and I was in full stride.
So he put it right there and I just had to put it in.”
Henrik Sedin collected two assists for Vancouver, which has won
six home games in a row.