Canucks still feel the pain

 

 
 
 
 
Canucks' Alex Burrows talks to the media in Vancouver on April 27, 2015.
 

Canucks' Alex Burrows talks to the media in Vancouver on April 27, 2015.

Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG

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VANCOUVER - With playoffs over for the Vancouver Canucks, the veil has been lifted on some of the injuries that either sidelined players, or slowed them down.

The worst occurred to right winger Alex Burrows, who revealed Monday that he suffered a fractured rib and dislocated rib cartilage in the aftermath of his Game 3 fight with Calgary Flame defenceman Kris Russell. According to Burrows, the actual injury happened when linesman Steve Miller wrestled him away from Russell. He then aggravated it two days later at the morning skate.

Burrows wound up going to hospital in an ambulance and wasn’t permitted to fly home for another four days.

“Once the rib cracks and moves out of place, you’re in a tremendous amount of pain,” Burrows said. “The morning of Game 4, I took a shot and it really went out of place and really didn’t feel good at that point. It was probably the most pain I’ve felt in a while when it happened. I couldn’t really move. It was really painful.

“We weren’t really sure when the doctor looked at it (at the rink) if there was something wrong with the spleen, or the lungs, so the ambulance came. It was probably the best thing for me to go to hospital and get an MRI and CT scan to make sure everything was good.”

Burrows, who has scored some gigantic playoff goals for the Canucks during his career, was devastated by the injury. It will take 6-8 weeks to heal.

“It’s the best time of year and knowing I couldn’t play, or that I was going to be done for a while, was crushing to me,” Burrows said. “I couldn’t really do anything about it, couldn’t really freeze it. There is no magic potion that you can take and go back out there and play.

“I was really disappointed. You play all year to play in the playoffs and you’re looking forward to it all the time.”

Checking centre Brad Richardson, meanwhile, will require surgery on his troublesome left ankle. He missed 37 of the last 39 regular-season games but did appear in five of the six playoff games. He admitted to having a fracture plus tendon and ligament damage.

“The issue was more the functionality of it,” he explained. “Trying to turn and trying to pivot were the two major issues, and then pushing off. I got to a point where it was decent enough to play but I wasn’t quite happy with the level, obviously. The surgery is not for the fracture itself but the stuff around it.

“It was kind of a weird injury,” Richardson continued. “We did everything we could to try and diagnose it but it was kind of a stubborn one and some of the stuff revealed itself a little later than we liked. It’s not going to be a big surgery and there will be a fairly quick recovery but it’s just one of those things you have to do. The fracture is not weight bearing so it should heal itself fine.”

Right winger Zack Kassian said he does not need surgery for a back problem that kept him from the final 14 regular-season games and all six in the playoffs. He was injured March 14 against the Toronto Maple Leafs during a second-period scrum involving Leaf captain Dion Phaneuf.

“It’s one of those injuries that really just takes time and now we have a lot of it,” said Kassian ruefully. “I came to the rink every day rehabbing and acting like if maybe we got to the next round, there was a chance to play. Do I know if I would have? I’m not sure. But that’s the way I went about it.

“To not get a chance to participate in the playoffs is really frustrating,” he added. “There were a couple of times that we did skate and we tweaked it trying to get ready. At the end of the day, there is no surgery that is required and I’ll be ready to go for next year.”

ICE CHIPS: The Canucks returned left winger Sven Baertschi to the American League’s Utica Comets. The Comets are tied 1-1 in their best-of-five first-round playoff series with the Chicago Wolves. Next game in the series is Wednesday.

epap@vancouversun.com

 
 
 
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Canucks' Alex Burrows talks to the media in Vancouver on April 27, 2015.
 

Canucks' Alex Burrows talks to the media in Vancouver on April 27, 2015.

Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, PNG

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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