Canucks' Burrows back

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

EDMONTON - Alexandre Burrows figures it will take some time to find his skating legs.

Off for the past five months recovering from shoulder surgery, the Vancouver Canucks forward made his long-anticipated return to the lineup Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers.

This is my first big injury ever, Burrows said. Ive never been out of the lineup for this long, so it might take a few games to get back to game speed. But Im not too worried about that.

Its good to be back finally. I want to help this team win games, so hopefully Ill be able to do that by being in the lineup.

The Canucks, who have struggled on the road this season, heading into Edmonton without a road win, welcomed their leading goal scorer from a year ago back with open arms.

Burrows, 29, had a career-high 35 goals last season in Vancouver playing mainly with Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

He was reunited with the dynamic duo against the Oilers.

Ive been watching them play the last 10 games, they look great, they look like theyre in great shape and theyre doing a lot of good things out there, Burrows said. Im going to try and help them out and hopefully well have a good games.

Burrows said his shoulder had been bothering him as far back as February, but it wasnt until the off-season where the native of Pincourt, Que., was informed he required surgery to fix a couple of labrum tears. Hes right on schedule regarding his recovery.

They said four to six months and its closing in on five months, Burrows said. Its what the doctors were expecting, so its good to be right on track.

Im just excited to be back in the lineup and try to get my routine going again and try to make sure that I dont forget anything and I want to make sure that when I step on the ice, Ill be ready to go.

Heading into the contest against the Oilers, Burrows was not overly concerned about how the shoulder would hold up, considering he spent the entire off-season in rehab.

Part of his rehabilitation process involved taking part in battle drills with his teammates before being cleared to play.

If I get hit awkwardly or from behind or something, it could be bad, but I think its all right right now and it might even be stronger than the other one, he said. Mentally its not an issue. Im ready to go and I cant get back in the lineup.

Just like any other player coming back from an extended leave of absence there is always a renewed sense of excitement along with some nerves.

Its not like when I was a rookie, there were a lot of nerves then, Burrows said. Im more excited about being back in the lineup.

Heading into the contest, Burrows was hoping to get involved early against the Oilers, whether it be physically or offensively.

Id like to get a hit early or take a shot as early as possible, he said. I want to be an offensive threat out there, so if Im not shooting Im not going to be really effective.

Im not going to do too much, Im going to keep it simple and do the things that have made me successful. Im going to go in hard on the forecheck, go to the front of the net and hope to bang one in.

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