Burrows knows how to help his team

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Alexandre Burrows is one of those players you love when he's on your team but can't stand to play against.

Burrows is a guy who drives you crazy when your up against him, and even his teammates know it.

"He pisses me off and he's on my team. I don't know what it says if he wasn't on my team," said Vancouver Canucks goalie and captain Roberto Luongo.

Luongo was joking. At least we believe he was.

But Burrows really is the kind of player who drives opponents batty by having the uncanny ability to get under their skin in the vein of Ken Linseman and Esa Tikkanen.

"I think he's settled down from my first couple of years here," Luongo said.

"He's trying to become more of a hockey player and produce offensively.

"At the same time, (agitating) is still part of his role and he's good at it. As a teammate, he's one of the best guys to have on your team."

Especially if Burrows keeps adding offence while he upsets opponents. Heading into last night's game against the Flames, Burrows was the hottest goal scorer in the NHL.

He racked up hat tricks in consecutive games -- Tuesday's 7-3 win over Columbus and Thursday's 4-0 victory over Phoenix -- which is a feat not done in the NHL since Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk posted back-to-back hat tricks in November 2007.

He's only the third Canucks player in team history to score three times in successive games. The others are Petri Skriko in 1986 and Bobby Schmautz in 1972.

"It's kind of a weird feeling," Burrows told NHL.com of his back-to-back hat tricks.

"The first one kind of felt like everything was going in, and even (Thursday) night, I don't think I did anything different than I did in the previous 10 games. I just tried to get my shots through, and for some reason, they are finding ways to beat goalies and hit the back of the net. It's fun."

Big debut for Alberta boy

Due to injuries to both Sami Salo (eye) and Aaron Rome (head), the Vancouver Canucks had to dig deep into their blueline depth.

Not only did they have to summon Brad Lukowich from the AHL's Texas Stars, they had to bring up Evan Oberg from the Manitoba Moose for his NHL debut.

"Pretty exciting. A Hockey Night In Canada game," he said.

"You dream about this kind of thing when you're growing up."

Oberg, 21, played junior for the Camrose Kodiaks and signed as a free agent after two years at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He hails from Forestburg, Alta. -- a village 80 km southeast of Camrose.

"There's a lot of guys back home who cheer for Calgary. They've been giving me a hard time, so it's good," he said.


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