There could have been no better tribute to late Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luc Bourdon than what his former friend and teammate Alex Burrows did last night.
Not only did Burrows complete a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues with the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinal series, his celebration mimicking a bow and arrow was a direct honor to Bourdon.
Bourdon was killed last summer in a motorcycle accident. Now his former team is the first to advance to the second round in the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs. Ben Kuzma of The Province has the complete story.
Meanwhile, Tony Gallagher of The Province wonders what all the time off will do to the red-hot Roberto Luongo.
MK: The Canucks are going to need all the rest they can get because they’re next opponent will most likely be the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
Elsewhere in the Western Conference:
•The Blues should’ve learned a lot despite the shortness of the series.
•Detroit’s experience has helped immensely against the playoff neophytes from Columbus.
•San Jose got back in its series with Anaheim by overcoming an uneven performance with a victory.
•Penalties were the Ducks’ undoing — what else is new?
•Chicago and Calgary are trying to down play the bad blood that’s flowing in their series.