Report: Burrows suffers broken rib at practice

After Vancouver’s Alex Burrows gave a hard hit to Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, Kris Russell stands up for his Flames teammate and starts a fight at centre ice.

CALGARY — Alex Burrows has a broken rib, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, after a scary incident at the Scotiabank Saddledome earlier in the day.

A concerned looking Burrows was wheeled out of the Canucks dressing room on a stretcher after the morning skate, and was loaded into an ambulance. The extent of his medical condition was unknown at the time, though he was alert and had his eyes open on his way to the ambulance.

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The Canucks have stated that Burrows is out of the lineup tonight with an upper body injury. If it is a broken rib as reported, it’s a good bet he won’t play again in Vancouver’s first round series against Calgary, or perhaps again this spring.

Burrows left the ice suddenly during Canucks practice, and was heard to say “Help,” as he walked down the runway towards the Canucks dressing room. Vancouver’s medical staff hurriedly followed him into the room.
Burrows was not made available once the dressing room was opened to the media, and was next seen leaving the Saddledome on a stretcher. Burrows has been a fixture on the Canucks top line with the Sedin twins, and had two assists thus far in the Canucks playoff series against the Calgary Flames.
His spot on the Canucks top line will probably go to Radim Vrbata, while Burrows’ roster spot, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, will be taken by Linden Vey.

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