Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Alex Burrows scores twice in Senators debut; Ottawa beats Avalanche

Alexandre Burrows of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Colorado Avalanche on March 2, 2017.

Francois Laplante/Getty Images

It doesn't matter what team he's playing for, Alex Burrows has the same strategy for scoring.

Burrows scored twice in his debut with the Senators and led his new club to a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. He was traded by the Vancouver Canucks to Ottawa on Monday in exchange for prospect Jonathan Dahlen. Burrows had played his previous 822 games with the Canucks.

His first goal was on a seemingly harmless shot from low in the face-off circle.

Story continues below advertisement

"It's just getting pucks on net. If you keep doing the right things over and over you're going to get results," said Burrows, who was impressed with the play of his new teammates. "That's one thing we used to talk about in Vancouver, getting pucks on net, and it's the same message here in Ottawa.

"I said (Thursday) morning it would be the best day if we could win, and we found a way to get it done. I was really impressed by the way everyone competed, blocking shots and paying the price. I like the way we played. There's a lot of good players here and if we play the right way we'll have success."

Hoffman had two assists for the Senators (34-22-6), while Craig Anderson had a relatively quiet night needing only 22 saves for the win. He did, however, make a great right-pad stop off John Mitchell who was alone in tight on Anderson early in the third period.

Rene Bourque scored the lone goal for the Avalanche (17-42-3), who were kept in the game with a strong performance from Calvin Pickard who made 40 saves.

Bourque scored at 5:25 of the third period breaking Anderson's shutout bid as he took a pass from Nathan MacKinnon and put a shot over Anderson's shoulder and in.

"It was a tight game all the way through and we were right there at the end with a big third period goal. Their goalie made some good saves and you have to give them some credit. They played a great game," Pickard said.

The Senators led 2-0 after two periods and had outshot Colorado 30-16 over that span including 17-6 in the second period. The Avalanche didn't get their first shot of the second until the period was half over.

Story continues below advertisement

Burrows scored his second goal of the game at 15:41 of the second to put Ottawa ahead 2-0, but it was the work of Hoffman that allowed the goal to happen. That and some very lazy play by Colorado.

Hoffman went behind the Avalanche net on a one-man forecheck and stole the puck behind the net before finding Burrows streaking in unchecked from the blue line. Burrows beat Pickard with a quick shot with all five Colorado skaters in the defensive zone against just two Senators.

"It's very nice to see him come in here and starting his career with the Senators off that way," Hoffman said of Burrows, then adding the win was the biggest thing.

"That's what we wanted, especially coming off our four-game road trip. We wanted to start this home swing on a good note and obviously the two points are big."

Hoffman also collected an assist on Burrows' first goal as a member of the Senators. After getting the puck from Hoffman, Burrows skated along the left wall and beat Pickard with a shot from the far edge of the faceoff circle at 8:39 of the opening period.

Report an error
Comments

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at privacy@globeandmail.com.