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Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 3:38 pm

By Brian Stubits

Let's take you back to Sunday night for the late game in Vancouver. The Canucks were playing host to the Ottawa Senators and the question on Monday was if they were being decent hosts or not.

Mid-way through the first period, Jesse Winchester of the Sens was playing the puck with his back to the Canucks bench. Seconds later he was put through the gate and at the feet of the Vancouver bench.

Take a look at the play (shameless plug: Subscribe to Eye On Hockey's YouTube channel).

You don't see this all that often. Normally the backup goaltender is dilligently handling the opening and closing of the gate. So what has people talking today (and after the game) is whether or not this was intentional. You'll notice the man on the other side of the gate is Alex Burrows, and let's just say he nor Lapierre have the most pristine reputations in hockey.

Winchester, who avoided serious injury on the play but did come away with a sore back, had this to say after the game. From the Ottawa Sun

“It’s not a safe play,” Winchester said. “I was under the impression my butt was against the wall, the next thing I know I’m through the bench. I couldn’t see behind me, I’m not paying attention to what’s on the bench.”

When Sportsnet reporter Ian Mendes asked Winchester if he thought Burrows opened the door intentionally, his response was curt: "Go ask him."

Burrows' take? He's innocent, he tells ya (and the Province).

"It was a line change and at the last minute he got hit pretty good there and the door wasn't closed completely," said Canucks winger Alex Burrows. "He's a Montreal guy and one of my friends so it's a good thing he didn't get hurt on the play."

Now that you've heard from both sides and seen the evidence, what's your take? Is Burrows guilty of a dirty play by opening the door or was this just an accident?

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Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:08 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

You can say it was just a freak play or whatever. When "freak" dirty behavior happens involving the same team time after time, it's not a coincidence. Do you see the Detroit Red Wings having 3 and 4 of these plays a year? Exactly

Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: November 27, 2011 5:06 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

And you wonder why everyone calls you some of the most classless scumbag athletes in all of North America Canucks

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:48 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

Nice "there's a story about cheap shots, so I need to insert a slight to Matt Cooke and the Penguins" comment.  Even Cooke acknowledged that he needed to change the way he played the game, and thus far has been anything but dirty (even going out of his way to avoid contact with borderline-defenseless players).  

Regardless of Cooke's hit on Savard -- which I agree was ridiculous and warranted a heavy suspension and Colin Campbell really dropped the ball by not giving him one -- the fault with Savard's fate has to lie with the Bruins medical staff.  They really fudged up his recovery.  The Hunwick hit (Savard's second concussion), though not as egregious as Cooke's blindside hit, was the true knockout punch.  Oftentimes with head injuries it isn't the first incident, but the later ones that are the most dangerous if the person isn't completely healed.  Even Crosby's second concussion as a result of Hedman was the one that caused the most trouble.  The Penguins made a mistake and let him play after the Steckel hit, as did the Bruins with Savard.  Honestly Savard just wasn't as lucky as Sid.  But keep on flaming about Cooke just because he is the poster boy for dirty play.

Obvious troll is obvious. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:18 am

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

Pittsburgh has Matt Cooke, conversation about which team has punks is now over, when Burrows ends a career (Savard anyone?) then he gets elevated to Cooke's status.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 2:23 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

Did he open the door yes, was it opened for the reason of injuring Winchester, no, you can tell that the he cocked the doors latch and was waitin for a line change as you see he was standing up. I was just bad timing I think, he didnt mean to injur him by any means, man into gate injuries are some of the most devistating injures that can be had (see Brad Marchment 96-97 playoffs).   Yea Burrows isnt the most loved player in hockey and poople would take it as if he was trying to be a d-bag, but there is a differance between what Burrows did and what Marty  Turco did to Roman Polak

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:21 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

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Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:17 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

Wagchamp, you must be a politician, you never answered the question. It's quite simple really, yes or no. In my opinion yes. 

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 9:37 am

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

It looks obvious that Burrows opened the door.
For all the talent the Canucks have, they have some grade A punks in Burrows and Lapierre.

Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: November 21, 2011 10:08 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

Geez.  Let's see -  His hands on the door, he moves his hand back...oh, I wonder. How can anybody not see that, regardless of what team you root for ? I guess Burrows was bored on the bench, there was nobody around to bite.  And then to top it off, he has the nerve to say the injured guy is his friend. Ha Ha

Deliberately injuring opponents and then deliberately lying about it.  What a useless excuse for a human being. Too bad noobdy on his team calls him out for his infantile actions.    But that just goes along with the classless, choking character of the whole team. Maybe if they would focusa more onplaying  hockey than on trying to seriously injure opponents, they would not get their doors completely blown off (PUN intended !) on home ice of Game 7 of the Finals by a team that had to make 3 cross-continental trips in one week - a true championship team like the Bruins.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:35 pm

Did Burrows pull door open on Winchester check?

I'm guessing you don't like them cause you're a Flames fan.  Regardless of whether they are cocky, arrogant or cheap, the hockey they play is a superior brand to what has been played in most, if not all other cities.  The passing, the way they control the puck 5 on 5 is a testament to where the game can get to.  And while they didn't win the cup, they were one game a way, got crap goaltending along the way, and had an injured Kesler (their best post season performer) at about 50%.  Teams don't like them because they make them look silly for long stretches of most games, even ones they lose due to Luongo.

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