Vancouver’s Alexandre Burrows said ‘trick or treat’ to the Department of Player Safety. In return they gave him the equivalent of the weird guy on your block who hands out raisins by way of a three game suspension for his hit on Montreal’s Alexei Emelin on Thursday night.
Here’s a guy pretending to be Brian Burke for Halloween Patrick Burke with the explanation:
Burke notes Burrows’s hit was two penalties in one: interference and an illegal check to the head. Also emphasized is the fact that the ‘hit was so late it cannot be made at all’. Funny thing is, Burrows was not dinged for an infraction following the play despite a linesman standing just feet from the two players.
Emelin left the ice for a short while before returning to complete the rest of the game.
Some are surprised to hear the Burrows hasn’t been suspended during his 10-year NHL career. He has been fined four times, though. The fines range from spearing another player during a pregame skate to accusing an official of having a ‘personal vendetta’ against him.
Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65 in salary missing Vancouver’s next three games: at Edmonton, versus Nashville, and at Colorado.