Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows dealt with several significant injuries during the 2013/2014 NHL season and his luck hasn’t changed on hockey’s international scene in Belarus where on Friday he suffered a right knee injury while playing for team Canada against Italy at the World Hockey Championship. Italian forward Joachim Ramoser made knee-on-knee contact with Burrows in Canada’s offensive zone late in the first period, sending Burrows to the ice in visible pain before being attended to by trainers and helped off the ice by flanked by teammates, and did not return to game action. The 33-year old Burrows was not able to put any pressure on his right leg while being helped off the ice while Ramoser was given a five-minute major penalty and an automatic game misconduct for the infraction.
Burrows will be re evaluated on Saturday with some reports out of Minsk that the injury may not be as bad as first thought according to head coach Dave Tippett. Of note fellow Canuck, defenseman Jason Garrison missed Friday’s game against Italy due to an undisclosed illness. Canada handled Italy with ease earning a 6-1 victory to move into first place in group A, Canada next plays Sweden on Sunday morning beginning just after 6:30 am PT.