EDMONTON — Alexandre Burrows feels he still has a few more goals in his hot stick.
Heading into Wednesday’s contest against the Edmonton Oilers, the Vancouver Canucks forward had 11 goals in his previous seven games.
“I’ve kept the same stick for most of the streak,” Burrows said. “It doesn’t feel too good, though, it feels a little dead. But I kept going with it. We need these points, we’re in a tight playoff race and we need every point we can get.”
Burrows had 21 goals and 18 assists going into Wednesday’s game. He netted 28 goals all of last season.
“Right now the bounces are coming to me,” he said. “My linemates have been playing unbelievable, they’re finding me, making great plays in the offensive zone and it’s fun to play with them.
“For some reason the pucks are going in right now, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep that going and we’ll be able to get more wins.”
Playing with the Sedin twins, Burrows has developed into one of the Canucks’ biggest offensive threats.
He’s found a rapport with Daniel and Henrik, making them one of the best units in the NHL this season.
“They’re so great, they are able to beat anyone out of the corner during the cycle, whether it be two-on-two or one-on-one,” Burrows said. “For me I just have to try and get open and when they get their shots through, I just try to go to the net for a screen or a rebound and right now it’s working for me.”
Heading into the season, the Canucks were looking for someone to skate alongside their two franchise players.
Burrows was fortunate enough to earn the assignment and has made the most of the opportunity.
“It was a tough and lucky decision on our part,” said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. “I put Alex with Henrik and Daniel and ever since I’ve put them together, that line has been one of the best lines in the NHL. They find ways to generate a lot of offence for us five-on-five and they’ve been real good for us.”
Despite being two of the most elite players in the game, it has not always been easy for the Canucks to find a suitable third wheel for the twins.
“They’ve played with different players throughout the years and they’ve always told me that they don’t just want a guys standing in front of the net,” Vigneault said.
“They want a guy they can read off, get involved in the cycle and is willing to go to the front of the net when it’s time. I think that’s what Alex fills in on that line and obviously they’ve done a real good job.”