Vancouver Canucks rule out Alex Burrows for pivotal Game 4

The agitating right winger was part of a scary scene in Calgary as he was reportedly stretchered out of the dressing room after practice and taken away in an ambulance.

Soon after reports from local media described right winger Alex Burrows being taken out of the Saddledome in Calgary on a stretcher and into an ambulance, the Vancouver Canucks released a statement saying that Burrows would not play tonight in a critical Game 4 against the Flames.

Burrows, who has been his usual agitating self in the series, reportedly sustained an upper body injury and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after practice. According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the right winger did not appear to be in distress.

This is obviously bad news for the Canucks on a number of levels, not the least of which is the overall health of one of their own. On a more small-scale level, Vancouver will have to dig a little deeper to even up its first-round series with the pesky Flames, who have managed to keep the more experienced Canucks off-balance so far.

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Update: As reported by Renaud Lavoie, Burrows’ injury is a broken rib, and Burrows is “out of danger.”