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OT hero relieved Canucks survived penalty

4/27/2011

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Overtime hero Alex Burrows first had to endure sitting two minutes in the penalty box during extra time. What was he thinking during that Hawks power play?

"Hopefully get it done, boys," Burrows said. "I normally spend a lot of time on the PK, but they made a lot of great reads and we only gave them one shot and Lou sealed the ice really well on Sharp there. I think we had four clears. I was just hoping we could get it done [so I could] go out there and get it done for the boys."

Patrick Sharp was stoned by Roberto Luongo on that power play, much to Burrows' relief.

"Lou read it all the way. I thanked him for that after the game," Burrows said, smiling.

"Toews faked a pass, our D-man went down and he went around him," Luongo said of that big save. "Once he did that, I knew there was someone on the back door. I slid across, made a blocker save."

Confident Canucks

Even after Jonathan Toews tied it late in regulation, the Canucks insisted they didn't have any doubts.

"That thought never really came into our head," Canucks star Ryan Kesler said. "We kept pushing forward and we knew it was going to come. We were very confident in here and we knew it was our time."

The chatter in the dressing room before overtime?

"Really positive," said the Canucks' Daniel Sedin. "We knew we had outplayed them. We said if we kept going we'd get more chances in overtime, and that [was] the only thing we thought about."

Before the game, the Canucks had lost three straight, but the team remained loose, defenseman Kevin Bieksa said.

"It was a pretty lighthearted room before the game; guys were joking around. We were even keel," Kesler said. "It's pretty dramatic the way things came down to Game 7 in overtime after being up 3-0. But this [is] a team that's been resilient and even keel all year long, and we demonstrated it."

Toews scores

Hawks captain Toews finally got a goal in the series, but his play otherwise was solid for all seven games.

"On a personal level, there's nothing more frustrating in a series like that when you feel you're playing well and doing everything you can to get it on the net," Toews said. "Obviously that's how I contribute to this team, scoring goals and making plays offensively. I just kept telling myself that there was going to be a big one coming. I got that one at the end to give ourselves a chance in the overtime period. I wanted that one more."

Toews says his team can't be too down on itself.

"There's a lot of things we can be proud of and happy about," he said. "But for this team, this has to be a learning experience. ... Obviously that's a great team; you give them credit for what they did tonight and how they hung in there. But we know what we have in this locker room, and we'll learn from this experience of putting ourselves down three games to none. That's a tough thing to come back from."