Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Burrows Suffered Charley Horse in Collision, Could Play for Canada vs. Sweden

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Burrows Suffered Charley Horse in Collision, Could Play for Canada vs. Sweden

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Burrows could play for Canada vs. Sweden


MINSK, Belarus - When Alex Burrows was on the ice in pain following a knee-on-knee hit from Italy's Joachim Ramoser, it didn't look good. When he needed to lean on Brayden Schenn and Nathan MacKinnon to get off the ice, it was all too easy to fear the worst.

A year after Team Canada lost Eric Staal to a sprained medial collateral ligament at the world hockey championship, it was something of a relief that Burrows did not suffer a knee injury.

In announcing a one-game suspension for Ramoser, the International Ice Hockey Federation revealed the Canadian medical staff's diagnosis of a charley horse. Coach Dave Tippett said Saturday that Burrows was a game-time decision for Sunday's showdown with Sweden.

"A little better today," Tippett said after an optional practice at Chizhovka-Arena. "(Burrows) took steps forwards overnight, and doctors and trainers will work on him today and hopefully we can get him close tomorrow."

Asked if he was confident the Vancouver Canucks forward would be able to play, Tippett responded: "We'll see. Let's see where it is tomorrow, but certainly better than last night."

Burrows did not return after the scary collision with 56 seconds left in the first period that Tippett and Italian coach Tom Pokel agreed was not intentional. The IIHF disciplinary panel agreed but added that Ramoser "endangered the safety of Burrows."

"He did initiate contact illegally with his knee and must take responsibility for causing the injury to Burrows," the IIHF said in a statement.

Told of Ramoser's suspension Saturday, Tippett called it a tough play.

"It's a knee-to-knee kind of hit," he said. "I don't think the kid meant to do it. Just when you miss by a little bit, those things happen."

Burrows did not skate Saturday, but he was far from alone. Only four skaters -- defenceman Morgan Rielly and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Mark Scheifele and Sean Monahan -- took the ice along with goaltenders Ben Scrivens, James Reimer and Justin Peters. …

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