By Ken Wiebe
The Winnipeg Sun
A broken nose nearly two months ago prevented Alexandre Burrows from making his NHL debut.
But Burrows, who led the Manitoba Moose in scoring before he was recalled to take the place of Rick Rypien, got a second chance to make his first impression on Monday night as the Vancouver Canucks dropped a 4-1 decision to the St. Louis Blues at the Savvis Center.
“Exactly, I thought it might have been my only chance when I broke my nose that day,” Burrows said yesterday from Dallas. “I got another chance, and I was pretty fortunate. I’m really happy. It was pretty fun. I didn’t make any mistakes, and I got a few shots on net. I played hard and finished my hits. Unfortunately, we lost.”
Burrows, who suffered the broken nose Nov. 12 after taking an elbow to the face from Cleveland Barons forward Craig Valette, took 16 shifts and earned seven minutes and 23 seconds of ice time, playing mostly with Trevor Linden and Ryan Kesler.
The pride of Pincourt, Que., was on the ice for a goal scored by former Moose captain Nolan Baumgartner, but it was waved off because the referee said Burrows had his foot in the crease and interfered with the goalie.
“It could have been a great call if it’s on your side, but it’s a bad call when it goes against you,” said Burrows, who has flourished with increased ice time under Moose head coach Alain Vigneault.