VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Alex Burrows says he has a way to go before reaching legendary status in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
But the feisty forward is getting there after scoring the series-ending goal against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night with 19 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.
“The guys were just trying to get ready for the overtime and a few of the leaders were speaking up … how good of a feeling it would be to score that big goal,” Burrows said in an interview Wednesday.
“(Goalie) Roberto (Luongo) said, `just get one boys.’ That’s what it was going to come down to and guys were saying legends are born in the playoffs by scoring big goals to kill another team.”
Burrows, who had a career-high 28 goals in the regular season, was a force against the Blues, prompting some teammates to tag him with the legend label after his goal eliminated St. Louis.
He scored twice Tuesday and his three goals in four games ranks him second in Stanley Cup scoring, one behind Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh.
In addition to his regular shift on Vancouver’s top line with identical twins Daniel and Henrik Sedin, he also killed penalties and got some power-play shifts.
After the desperate Canucks killed a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Ryan Kesler, Burrows beat netminder Chris Mason by skating hard into the Blues zone and firing from a sharp angle.
But is that the stuff of legends?
Not yet, says Burrows, a late-bloomer out of junior hockey who played for three East Coast Hockey League clubs before catching on with the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks’ AHL farm team.
“But as a kid that’s what you dream of … scoring that big overtime goal,” Burrows said. “It wasn’t for the Stanley Cup but it was still a big goal and we’ll take it this time of year.”