Alex burrows into lineup

ADAM WAZNY -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

Hockey's latest feel-good story reached a national audience over the weekend.

Alexandre Burrows' wild ride saw the 24-year-old making his Vancouver Canucks debut on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada against his beloved Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

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And while the HNIC crew made sure to mention Burrows' journey through the ECHL and then with the Manitoba Moose in the opening minutes of the game, the pesky forward followed the script by scoring the second Canucks goal shortly thereafter.

Since being recalled Jan. 2, Burrows has three goals in 10 games with Vancouver, but none of them (with the possible exception of his first NHL tally against Toronto) was bigger for the Pincourt, Que., product.

"Probably top of my list, for sure," Burrows told HNIC during the first intermission of the Canucks' 6-2 victory. "It's a big goal for me -- my first one was pretty big , too -- but to score against the Canadiens ... they were my favourite team growing up, watching them at the old Forum and the Molson Centre."

The goal was a classic hard-working Burrows effort.

Battling with Radek Bonk behind the Montreal net for the puck, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound winger eventually out-muscled the NHL veteran. With Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore looking behind the net from the left post, Burrows peeled out of the scrum, grabbed the loose puck and tucked it into the net on the right side before Theodore could get across.

As the crowd cheered, Burrows turned away from the net with his arms raised, showing everyone back home in Montreal and across the country that his hard work is paying off.

One has to think he might not be coming back to Manitoba for a while.

PUCKS AND POLITICS: Moose head coach Alain Vigneault was asked over the weekend if he was following the election campaign and if he planned on casting his vote.

Yes to both questions.

"I'm like every other Canadian, I keep up to date with what's going on," he said.

Vigneault has an added interest in the election, as well.

One of his close friends is an RCMP officer who works on Prime Minister Paul Martin's duty, meaning that wherever the PM goes, his buddy is right there looking after him. Vigneault was hoping his friend would be able to make it to a Moose game when Martin was in Winnipeg over the weekend.

But what about Martin? Was he to receive a couple free ducats to the Moose game on Saturday, too?

"I was going to get them if he wanted to come to the game," the coach joked.

Wait a second.

If Vigneault would have provided a couple of tickets to the Moose game for the prime minister, well, that must mean he's voting Liberal today, no?

No comment. The Moose coach wouldn't tip his hand on where his vote is going.

"It just means my buddy is protecting the (PM)," he said, laughing at the suggestion that he's voting for the Grits.

His loyalties are with his friend -- that's it.

"If they switch prime ministers, then he's going to protect the new guy," the coach said. "That's just the way it is."


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