Canucks Post-game: Return of the Dragonslayer

Photo Credit: Marc DesRoslers/USA TODAY Sports

By Scott Rosenhek

Canucks lose to Ottawa 3-2 in the shootout. Stay tuned for a breakdown of the game.

While the trade still feels like only yesterday, Alexandre Burrows has been a part of the Ottawa Senators since the last trade deadline. The man, the myth, the dragonslayer makes his return to Vancouver for the first time since the deal.

Tonight was an emotional one. Burrows has done so much for Vancouver, both on and off the ice. He will always be a fan favourite, no matter the colours he wears. I am sure we will be seeing him join the Ring of Honour at some point in the future.

The Canucks are sporting the same lineup from the season opener against the Oilers. This means that Brock Boeser will be sitting in the press box again. I wouldn’t panic yet. It is frustrating that he is not playing from a fan’s perspective, but the fans can’t force Travis Green to put Boeser into the lineup. His time will come.

The Goals

The game began with an bad goal on Jacob Markstrom by Cody Ceci. I think it was worse than the softie he let in against the Oilers.

Fortunately, Henrik Sedin was able to set up a nifty play that allowed Canucks sniper Chris Tanev to tie it at one (yes, that Chris Tanev).

Thomas Vanek had a bit of a rough start. A few lazy plays had him demoted from the Sedin line. However, when he was reunited with the twins, Vanek scored the go ahead goal, beating a maze of legs and Craig Anderson.

The game was largely uneventful until the third period when Ben Hutton makes a poor decision that puts the puck in the back of the net.

This play is a good example of why I am not thrilled that Edler and Tanev are paired together, leaving Hutton and Stecher to fend for themselves. These two are still young defencemen who could use some veteran assistance every now and again.

Notes about the game

Alex Burrows did a few radio spots this morning and it is nice to see that he is a playful and witty as ever. Good on Jake Virtanen for trying to stir things up. Burrows is known to ruffle feathers, so the battle was on display.

Troy Stecher made an ugly turnover that should have led to an Alex Burrows goal, but Markstrom looked a lot sharper on this one.

The Canucks took a moment to honour Alex Burrows with a tribute video. I’ll be honest, I teared up watching that video. Every emotion I have ever felt about Burrows and his time here welled up all at once. It really was an incredible 11 years when Alex Burrows donned the Blue and Green.

The Larscheiders were at the game tonight and they were loud. At times during a penalty kill, we could hear the “D-Fence” chant on TV. They are a lot of fun and Canucks fans can look forward to hearing them seven more times this season.

The game went on to overtime with Travis Green only using Chris Tanev, Alex Edler and Michael Del Zotto on defence. The forward pairs were the Sedins, Sutter and Granlund and Horvat and Baertschi.

The former two pairs were exhausted and caught on the ice far too long in overtime. They were lucky that Ottawa could not capitalize on bad turnovers. Then came the shootout.

Markus Granlund had a beauty of shootout goal, hitting the back bar of the net. Bobby Ryan, Thomas Vanek, Alex Burrows, and Bo Horvat all missed their shots. New Westminster’s Kyle Turris beat Jacob Markstrom to even things out.

Brandon Sutter (WTF?), Tom Pyatt and Sam Gagner all missed their shootout attempts. This left Mark Stone the chance to win the game. He beats Markstrom and it’s game over for the Canucks.

Alex Burrows takes one final lap for the fans at Rogers Arena who serenade him with another loud applause. The game did not turn out how the Canucks had hoped. It was also not very exciting, but it was good to see Burrows make his return to Vancouver.

NEXT GAME: vs Winnipeg; TV: Sportsnet  Radio: Sportsnet 650

I’ll just leave you with this:

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