I thought for sure Alex Burrows was going to receive an unscheduled rest for two or three of the Canucks final five games of the regular season from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his hit on Paul Gaustad of the Predators in the third period last night.
At first blush I thought it was just incidental contact, an accident.
After the first replay, I noticed there was definitely an elbow raised.
Examining the head shot a few more times, I felt Burrows was going for the kill shot, with lethal intent.
Twitter exploded. I was trying not to be influenced by the masses.
One thing has to be considered which cannot be measured on television unless there is an ice level camera, the speed of the game.
Anyone that sits in the lower reds at the Raj can tell you, if they are not looking at their phones, is the game is played at such a rapid, skillful pace.
The hit. POW, happened that fast.
We know Burrows plays on the edge. Its how he got to and how he stays in the show.
I think Burrows who was having a fabulous game, had a little more time, maybe a millisecond to prepare for impact. The elbow came up, probably out of instinct, perhaps with a touch malicious intent. It’s too quick to tell.
Burrows has been suspended once this season, but the NHL said there would be no ban.
Some say its justice for Tyler Toffoli of the Kings who cross-checked Burrows into the boards last month and did not get a suspension.
Suspensions are down in the NHL this season, and I feel the league’s department of player safety is being more lenient with Sheriff Shanahan gone.
Even without intent, Burrows should have sat a couple of games at least.