Burrows Pays His Dues

By Tim Wharnsby
Toronto Globe and Mail

Manitoba Moose general manager Craig Heisinger had an good night all around on Tuesday.

First, he watched his AHL team knot its first-round playoff series at 2-2 with a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. Then, two hours later, one of his former Moose players, Alexandre Burrows, was the overtime hero for the Vancouver Canucks.

The undrafted Burrows, 28, scored late in the first overtime to propel the Canucks to a four-game sweep over the St. Louis Blues and a spot in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But even though Heisinger is responsible for unearthing Burrows six years ago, he refused any acclaim.

“I’m not Alex, he’s done it himself,” Heisinger said yesterday. “It’s time to start giving him all the credit. He’s the one who has worked so hard to get to where he is. He’s the one who made the most of his opportunity.

“We scout. That’s what we do. We have given lots of players opportunities and some don’t make the most of their opportunity.”

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