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Canucks’ Burrows won’t play versus Devils, out with ‘lower-body injury’

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Alex Burrows, who was involved in a fight and later scored in the shootout for the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, is out of the lineup for Friday’s match-up against the New Jersey Devils.

Burrows was shown on Sportsnet taking the pre-game skate and discussing something with the Canucks training staff. The Canucks made the lineup decision official shortly before the opening faceoff.

Zack Kassian, a healthy scratch against the Rangers, will draw back into the lineup.

Canucks to healthy scratch Kassian for ninth time this season, will debut McMillan


The Zack Kassian drama continued in Vancouver (well, technically New York) on Thursday, as Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed Kassian would be dropped from the lineup for tonight’s game against the Rangers in favor of Brandon McMillan, who was acquired off waivers from Arizona last week.

Kassian, who has expressed frustration about his repeat healthy scratches, will be parked for the ninth time this season. The decision to drop him from the lineup comes after a relatively decent five-game stretch, in which Kassian scored two goals and four points and had a strong outing in Friday’s 5-2 win over Boston, assisting on two of Shawn Matthias’ three goals.

That said, Kassian did commit a series of turnovers in Monday’s win over Minnesota, and only played three shifts in the third period for 1:53 TOI.

Here’s more, from Canucks GM Jim Benning:

As for McMillan, he’ll dress for the first time since getting scooped off waivers on Feb. 12. The former Duck and Coyote — who played for Desjardins on Team Canada at the 2010 World Juniors — should be familiar with a number of his new mates; he played with Radim Vrbata in Arizona and both Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa in Anaheim.

Video: Daniel Sedin nets the OT winner as the Canucks top the Blackhawks


Vancouver blew a 4-2 third period lead in Chicago Wednesday night, but Daniel Sedin scored the overtime-winner as the Canucks edged the Blackhawks 5-4.

“I thought we played well,” said Daniel Sedin. “They came back in the [third], but I thought we stuck with the game plan for 60 minutes and it paid off in the end. I mean, we got the two points.”

Linden Vey, Bo Horvat and Zack Kassian scored second period goals to erase a 1-0 Blackhawks lead. Kassian’s marker gives him goals in three straight games for the first time since Jan. 20-25, 2013.

Marian Hossa pulled the Blackhawks to within one with his first of the night at 12:48 of the third.

After Daniel Sedin restored the two-goal lead, Brandon Saad got Chicago to 4-3 with just over two minutes remaining.

Hossa tied it 4-4 with 55 seconds left in the final frame to force overtime.

Patrick Kane had the other Chicago goal. Kane also had two assists in the loss and now has a league-leading 62 points.

“Obviously, we weren’t happy with our game tonight, but it was nice to figure out a way to get it to overtime,” said Duncan Keith, who assisted on Saad’s late third period goal. “We know we’re a tough team to play against when our backs [are] up against the wall, but you never want to let it get like that.”

Henrik Sedin, Luca Sbisa and Chris Higgins each had two assists in the win.

Corey Crawford made 31 saves in the loss.

Eddie Lack improved to 5-6-2 on the season with a 37 save performance.

Chicago is now winless in the first two games of its eight-game home stand.

Vancouver has won both meetings with Chicago this season. The two clubs meet for a third and final time on April 2.

Wild’s winning streak reaches six games after defeating the Canucks


Around this time last month, the Minnesota Wild was in a free fall. Seems like a distant memory right now.

The Wild defeated the Vancouver Canucks by a final score of 5-3 on Monday, taking advantage of some sloppy defensive lapses from the Pacific Division visitors and forcing Ryan Miller from the net, for the team’s sixth straight victory, and eighth in its last 10 games.

Suddenly, the playoffs seem possible.

The Wild moved to 58 points, which put it three back of the Calgary Flames for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, with the Flames also in action Monday.

Behind Minnesota’s recent success is goalie Devan Dubnyk, who has started in each of the Wild’s last six wins. He has three shutouts in that span, although he was beaten three times by the Canucks, who had 25 shots on goal.

Wild forwards Jason Zucker and Ryan Carter left the game in the first period, both upper-body injuries, said head coach Mike Yeo, as per Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“We should not expect them back in the lineup in the near future,” said Yeo.

After a solid shutout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, the Canucks got to within a goal early in the second period, but then coughed up two goals in 54 seconds as the Wild increased its lead to three.

“It’s frustrating. To make the playoffs you have to string wins together and we have to find a way to do that,” said Canucks forward Zack Kassian, who scored for the second time in as many games.

Canucks center Nick Bonino left the game after blocking a shot in the second period.

That could leave the Canucks in a pinch, especially up the middle, with Brad Richardson out with a foot injury.

Video: Kassian snaps Dubnyk’s 136-minute shutout streak


It was nice while it lasted.

Devan Dubnyk, the NHL’s reigning first star of the week, came into Monday against Vancouver action riding a shutout streak of 126 minutes and 39 seconds — one that got all the way to 136:57 before Zack Kassian scored his fourth of the season midway through the opening period:

Dubnyk’s streak began, ironically enough, against this same Vancouver squad. Back on Super Bowl Sunday, he surrendered a goal to Daniel Sedin with under seven minutes left in the final period, then posted back-to-back shutouts against Chicago and Colorado.

Kassian’s goal didn’t do much to slow down the red-hot Wild, however. They raced out to a 3-1 lead in the first period on the strength of goals from Jordan Schroeder, Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter.