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?