Forward Alex Burrows (groin) returned to Vancouver’s lineup on Tuesday and he made his presence felt. With the Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie early in the third period, Burrows found the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal. Then he provided the Canucks with an insurance marker. Seventeen seconds later.
“I’m lucky because the twins are such good players and were able to find me in shooting areas,” Burrows told the Vancouver Province. “That (Flyers) team is tough. They have two of the best players in the world (Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux) and they can make plays in the phone booth. We had to stick with it. Our start wasn’t as good as we wanted, but we want to play hard and play with passion.”
Burrows has 14 goals and 27 points in 57 contests this season. Although he obviously got some ice time with Daniel and Henrik Sedin last night, that hasn’t been his usual role in 2014-15. The Sedin twins have commonly played with Radim Vrbata, although lately they’ve been paired most frequently with Zack Kassian, but he wasn’t able to play Tuesday.
This was a key win for the Canucks as it allowed the squad to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack in the battle for a playoff spot:
The Vancouver Canucks celebrated the life and legacy of Pat Quinn during their St. Patrick’s Day game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena on Tuesday night.
The club’s anthem singer sang a rendition of “When Irish eyes are smiling”.
Flyers’ captain Claude Giroux along with Canucks’ captain Henrik Sedin participated in a ceremonial face-off with Quinn’s family dropping the puck.
Prior to the in-arena tribute, the Canucks unveiled “Pat Quinn Way” outside Rogers Arena.
Brayden Schenn scored twice and added an assist while Wayne Simmonds had a goal and two helpers as the Philadelphia Flyers thumped the Detroit Red Wings 7-2 on Saturday afternoon.
The seven goals tied a season-high for the Flyers.
With the loss, Detroit has just one win in its last five and the Boston Bruins now trail them by just three points for third spot in the Atlantic Division.
Philly snaps a four-game losing skid with the win and trails Washington by 10 points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
Zac Rinaldo had a goal and an assist while Nicklas Grossmann, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Matt Read had the goals for Philly.
Claude Giroux had two assists in the win. Steve Mason improved to 14-15-10 with a 31 save performance.
Justin Abdelkader and Erik Cole had the Wings goals while Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots in the loss.