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Wednesday night, the Vancouver Canucks got shutout by the Montreal Canadiens, losing 3-0 despite outshooting them 42-24.

The Canucks’ only upside? Alexandre Burrows is back in their lineup.

You remember Burrows, right? He scored just 11 seconds into overtime in game two of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins:

It’s been a long time since 2011, but Burrows still remains one of the best grinders in the NHL.

The Canucks will be relieved to have him back in their lineup as they try to snap a five-game losing streak.

CBS Sports writes:

Burrows (neck) will be back in action Wednesday against the Canadiens.

Burrows, who missed the previous four outings, is still searching for his first point of the season. The veteran has reached the 20-point mark in eight of the last nine campaigns, but could be a long shot to get past that threshold this year if he continues averaging just 11:17 of ice time per night. Earlier Monday, the Canucks made room for Burrows on their 23-man roster by reassigning Mike Zalewski to AHL Utica.

Look, I get it. Burrows may not be the player he used to be but that’s because the Canucks are not the team they used to be.

The Sedin Twins aren’t performing like they used to.

Ryan Miller is a cone in net.

And the Canucks have lost players like Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa to the Anaheim Ducks.

I remember being back home in England, staying up until the crack of dawn to watch the Canucks play the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, just to watch Burrows. His forecheck, his defensive zone coverage, and his ability to score the goals when you need him to, could keep me on the edge of my seat until the chickens came home to roost.

And I tell you what; I’d do the same today.

If the Canucks want to go back to their team of old that won Presidents’ Trophies, Conference Finals and game sevens of the Stanley Cup Final, they must restore their faith in Burrows.


So Willie Desjardins, do us a favor and put in Burrows, would you?

That’s why Alex Burrows is my Player of the Day.