Canucks may be missing Burrows in Game 4

 

 
 
 
 
David Jones #19 of the Calgary Flames mixes it up with Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks.
 
 

David Jones #19 of the Calgary Flames mixes it up with Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks.

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CALGARY - The playoffs are all about momentum, which seems to swing back and forth like a pendulum.

The Vancouver Canucks had it, but lost it Sunday night when they dropped a 4-2 decision to fall behind 2-1 in their best-of-seven series with the Calgary Flames.

Like Game 2, this one had an ugly ending. And this time it is the Canucks who face the very real possibility that they will be without a key player in Game 4.

Winger Alex Burrows received an instigator penalty for his fight with Calgary defenceman Kris Russell at 18:35 of the third period. An instigator call in the final five minutes of a game is supposed to bring with it an automatic one-game suspension.

Of course, Flames defenceman Deryk Engelland had his instigator call late in Game 2 rescinded by the NHL on the weekend and he was able to play Sunday night.

Burrows might not be so lucky. He definitely appeared to jump Russell at centre ice.

Defenceman Kevin Bieksa may have been fortunate he did not get one when he began throwing punches at Calgary winger Michael Ferland in the final minute. Bieksa hit Ferland with three punches before Ferland realized he was in a fight.

Everything the Canucks were in Game 2 on Friday night, they were not in Game 3.

The Flames took the game to Vancouver, delivering nearly twice as many hits (33 to 18) and their forecheck had the Canucks struggling to get the puck out of their own zone for much of the night.

So how do the Canucks regain that momentum? They’ll have Monday to try and figure that out. Game 4 goes here on Tuesday night and just like Game 2 was, it’s another one of those nearly must-win games for Vancouver.

“I think we have to go back to Game No. 2,” said defenceman Luca Sbisa. “I think coming out hard and being ready to battle for every shift. This series is going to be decided by who wins more battles. It’s pretty plain and simple.”

Ferland delivered a game-high nine hits and seems to be under the skin of a few Canucks. Derek Dorsett tried to goad him into a fight late in the second period, but Ferland declined. Who could blame him? The game was going the Flames’ way.

“We just have to make sure we come with that same intensity that we did in Game 2,” Dorsett said of Game 4. “Obviously, we knew coming into their building they would be excited with it being the first playoff game in a while. They were forechecking hard and we spent a little too much time in our own zone.”

Sam Bennett’s first playoff goal, which gave the Flames a 3-1 lead at 2:14 of the third was an example of how things were going much of the night for Vancouver.

The Flames had the Canucks bottled up in their own zone, Joe Colborne delivered a big hit on Vancouver defenceman Dan Hamhuis in the corner and few seconds later put a sharp-angle shot on Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack. Bennett was there in a scrum in front of the net to shovel home the rebound.

“They were a bit more physical than us, won a few more battles,” Sbisa said. “I think that was the big difference. At the same timer we have to to be more responsible with the puck . . .we knew going into the series it was going to be a long one, six or seven games. We’re good.”

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David Jones #19 of the Calgary Flames mixes it up with Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks.
 

David Jones #19 of the Calgary Flames mixes it up with Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks.

Photograph by: Derek Leung, Getty Images

 
David Jones #19 of the Calgary Flames mixes it up with Alex Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks.
Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Burrows, centre, tries to get the puck past Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller.
Calgary Flames defenceman Kris Russell stepped up to take on Vancouver Canucks right winger Alexandre Burrows.
Johnny Gaudreau #13 of the Calgary Flames skates against Alexander Edler #23 of the Vancouver Canucks.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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