Burrows gets taste of fans’ displeasure
Every series this playoff season has spawned a villain. In the Stanley Cup Final, the Canucks’ player the Bruins’ fans most love to hate is forward Alex Burrows.
First there was Bitegate, when Burrows was accused by Bruins center Patrice Bergeron of biting his finger in Game 1. The league took a look at the video and deemed Burrows’s intent inconclusive. Then, with no punishment, Burrows showed up in Game 2 and scored a pair of goals and assisted on the third in the 3-2 overtime victory.
The TD Garden crowd let Burrows know they didn’t appreciate any aspects of him last night in Boston’s 8-1 rout.
They booed him every chance they got and he got a little extra from Bruins forward Milan Lucic, who delivered a smack to the back of Burrows’s head. Despite the chippiness on both sides, Burrows said he didn’t feel like he was targeted in particular.
“It doesn’t really bother me,’’ said Burrows, who drew a slashing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct midway through the third period. “You’ve got to move and get ready for the next one. I thought they played everybody hard, the same way. If they did [target me], maybe I don’t know. I just have to be better and get ready for the next one.’’
As one-sided as the game turned out to be, Burrows said they will be able to shake it off.
“I thought we were in good shape going into the second period,’’ said Burrows. “We got a tough bounce when [defenseman Alexander Edler] broke his stick [which led to the first Bruins goal] but I thought we had some chances to score some goals. Obviously they had some better looks. We just have to forget about this one and move on.’’
Chippy finish There were 27 penalties called in the game for a total of 140 minutes. All but seven of them were called in the third period when the level of chippiness increased exponentially.
Henrik Sedin said they can’t concern themselves with that element.
“We have to focus on playing hockey, that’s No. 1,’’ said Sedin.
“They’ve been talking a lot about what’s going on on the ice and we tried to stick to our game plan and tonight it wasn’t good enough. Next game we’ve got to get back to playing good hockey. If they want to do that, they gave us a lot of power-play time. If we can’t score, that’s up to us to get better but we had a chances.’’
Luongo unfazed Coach Alain Vigneault said thought even at 4-0 heading into the third with a power play, they could turn it around. “That’s why I kept him in,’’ said the coach. “At 5-1, I asked him what he wanted to do. He said, ‘Don’t even think of taking me out,’ so that’s what I did [he left in in].’’
Luongo said it was natural for him to finish it out.
“I didn’t really want to leave the crease for no reason. It doesn’t matter how you lose, I think they are all tough to take but at the end of the day, we have to realize we are up 2-1 and we got a chance to win the next game and go home 3-1.’’
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.