Burrows stole the show

Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the...

Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) celebrates his game winning overtime goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during Game 7 of their NHL Western Conference quarter-final hockey game April 26, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

Robert Tychkowski, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:08 AM ET

Big players show up in big games and after being AWOL for most of the first round series with Vancouver, Alex Burrows pretty much stole the show in Vancouver game 7 win over the Blackhawks.

He scored the goal top put Vancouver ahead early, drew a penalty shot in the third period, and scored the overtime winner to send the Canucks on to the next round against Nashville.

"I didn't score in five games," he told the mob of reporters around his stall. "But I just kept believing the law of averages would work out for me.

"It is a great feeling to score any overtime goal, but to get one in Game 7 is incredible."

It’s vindication for Roberto Luongo.

After losing his starting job in Game 6, he won the biggest game of his Canucks career in Game 7.

Overtime at Rogers Arena with everything in the world hanging in the balance. Been there and done that.

“It was great that I was able to win something similar, the Olympics,” he said of the OT win over America. “It helped with my preparation.”

Sitting Game 6 is a dead issue for him.

“It wasn’t easy, I’m a competitor, but you have to put the team ahead of yourself.”


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