Alexander Burrows

Did Andrew Shaw bite Victor Hedman?


Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is high on the list of players who can ratchet up the hatred level against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. Sometimes that means (possibly) taking a bite out of the competition.

In the fine tradition of Alexander Burrows from 2011, it’s possible that Shaw chomped on Victor Hedman during a first period scuffle in Game 1. You make the call if it seems like he did so by checking out the video:

There was no penalty on the play. In case you’re wondering, Burrows didn’t get suspended for snacking on Patrice Bergeron, so this is likely just something for us to chew on.


Here’s the Burrows bite, by the way.

Video: Burrows sets Canucks record by scoring six seconds in


While acknowledging hockey history in Vancouver by donning throwback Millionaires uniforms, the Canucks made a little history against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Alexander Burrows scored six seconds into tonight’s contest, breaking the franchise record of nine seconds, which was set in 1994. (The NHL record to start a game is five seconds.)

Want a little more background on the Millionaires? Cory Schneider shares his custom mask design for tonight’s game, which captures a bit of their history in the process:

(Screen cap of Burrows via

Fisticuffs and history: Sedin sets Canucks’ record, watches three fights in three seconds


The second period of Friday’s Dallas Stars-Vancouver Canucks game had a little bit of everything.

First, Henrik Sedin set up an Alexander Burrows goal for his second assist of the night, making him the Canucks’ all-time leading points scorer. His 757 points eclipsed Markus Naslund’s 756; here’s a list of the team’s highest point scorers:

Henrik Sedin – 757
Markus Naslund – 756
Trevor Linden – 733
Daniel Sedin – 730
Stan Smyl – 673

This represents the 905th game of Henrik’s career. In case you’re wondering, his brother Daniel’s 730 points have come in 872 contests. Both are just 32, so it wouldn’t be shocking if the twins both end up atop that list – with a substantial cushion.

Here’s video of that goal:

While that moment was a testament to Sedin’s skills, the two teams threw a little brawn into the mix. In a three-second span, three fights happened, with each coming on successive faceoffs.

Arron Volpatti started things off with Ryan Garbutt, Maxim Lapierre followed against Vernon Fiddler and then Dale Weise capped things off at the 15:12 mark with Eric Nystrom. Here’s the collection of fisticuffs:

Stars announcer Daryl Reaugh passes along word that’s the quickest three fights have happened. He also called it a “trilogy of truculence.”

Earlier in the game, Kari Lehtonen got injured, so we’ll see if the third period generates even more news and bruises.

The Oilers are taking shootouts very seriously this season


One of Ralph Krueger’s key initiatives as Edmonton’s bench boss this season is improving the Oilers’ success in the shootout.

“We see shootouts as a specialty team,” Krueger told the Edmonton Sun. “We have a power play. We have penalty killing. And we have penalty shots in the shootout.”

It’s a curious decision, given most clubs don’t offer much in terms of shootout prep.

There are usually attempts at the end of practice, occasional chats with the goalie for shooter tips or, in the case of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a “mustache boy” competition.

The Oilers, though, take shootouts far more seriously — especially since Krueger crunched the numbers and realized Edmonton only won 11 of 33 shootouts in two years under Tom Renney.

Here’s more, from the Sun:

“This year we’re taking the penalty shooting part of the game very seriously,” said Krueger.

“We have a group of five or six players. And Freddie Chabot, who has been analyzing goaltenders in the league through and through during the lockout, putting some good information together, will be coaching it primarily.”

Krueger gave Chabot credit for the shootout success.

“Freddie picked them, not me. We have a new specialty team. That’s all Freddie.”

In a compact 48-game schedule, Krueger figures, it’s an area that could make the difference between a team finishing eighth or ninth in the standings.

“A playoff position could be decided by a point.”

“We now have a clear picture of what the goaltender is going to do. They all have a history. The shooters, too. Preparing Devan [Dubnyk] for them is a big part of it, too.”

Krueger first got the idea while coaching Switzerland during the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

He put his third goalie in charge of monitoring shooter trends and tendencies, and the move paid off reasonably well — the Swiss lost to Canada in an opening-round shootout (the Canadians only scored once) before beating Belarus via shootout in the qualification round.

It should be noted that Edmonton won its first game of the year via shootout — a 3-2 decision over the Canucks.

Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky both converted their chances while Dubnyk stoned Alex Edler and Alexander Burrows on consecutive attempts.

Toews: “It doesn’t feel like we’re down 3-1”


The Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes have given us a lot in the first four games of their series. In fact, they tied an NHL record by sending their first four game to overtime, becoming the only teams to do that other than the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens way back in 1951. Yet for all that, the Blackhawks must feel a little stunned to be down 3-1 in the series thanks to tonight’s 3-2 overtime loss.

Toews has been a surprisingly robust source of frank quotes lately, and he nailed the mood when he spoke with Chris Kuc.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re down 3-1,” Toews said. “Every game has been close. Tonight, especially, it’s a little disappointing.”

The Blackhawks have shown that they can fight back from a big deficit to at least make a series out of things before. As you probably remember, the Vancouver Canucks had them down 3-0 last season only to need a dramatic Alexander Burrows overtime-winner to squeak by Chicago in Game 7 of last year’s first round.

Of course, the bottom line is that the Blackhawks still lost that series – close or not.

In a way, Mikkel Boedker’s game-winner might be symbolic of this first round skirmish. The Blackhawks nearly scored on the other end only to see Boedker break in and just barely beat Corey Crawford.

We’ll see if that moment ends up telling the story or if Chicago can turn things around and make things awfully interesting once again.