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#1 bure's triple deke

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:43 PM

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Alex Burrows: The Backhand Deke
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It's as dependable as an NHL lockout every ten years or so. If Burrows is skating alone across the blueline, the goalie will still be playing the shot by the time the puck's been roofed on the backhand. Alternatively put by the Pass it to Bulis bloggers, "When Burrows challenges a man to a duel, he fakes a forehand slap before going backhand."

With his new four-year deal in hand, Burrows is Vancouver's most recent man of the hour in this current NHL off-season purgatory. Over the course of his present four-year bargain, he has honed his backhand deke into near-legendary status among Canucks circles – on par with say...Naslund's wrister from the half boards or Salo's blueline slapshot. Just wait til it happens against Mike Vernon in a playoff game and the internet will light up with blogs named in the goal's honour.

The now-trademark move has been pulled off more times than logic really should allow, but exactly how often are we talking here? Among his 149 regulation and shootout goals, no less than 16 times.

Including the very first time he pulled it off, against Edmonton four years ago, here's every single one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hzswjk9HFM&feature=g-all-u

Of the 16 goals scored, 8 were in a shootout, 5 were short handed and 3 at even strength. Five happened this past season, 6 in 2010–11, 2 in 2009–10, 2 in 2008–09 and 3 in 2007–08. The most telling breakdown of the 16 goals, however, is that every last one was crucial to the outcome of the game. If it wasn't a shootout goal, Burrows either tied the game or put Vancouver ahead or within one (the lone exception being the Toronto goal in which he brought Vancouver within two), further cementing his reputation as a timely scorer.

Here's to 16 more breakaway dekes over the next four years...

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 02:49 PM

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My god. I miss hockey
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:17 PM

:(

What are we gonna do without this .....
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:18 PM

:( Why lockout? Why?!
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:36 PM

i miss hockey =(
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

What's hockey?
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:53 PM

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The funny thing is that with the way goalies study their opposition nowadays, theres no doubt they know whats coming when Burrows is in alone. They know exactly what he's going to do and they still can't stop him. Its a real beauty of a move.
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:09 PM

damn lockout
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:21 PM

The Ruutu move!

I love it, Burrows does this deke perfectly.
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:46 PM

What's hockey?


I think this is what you're looking for


Edited by MikeyBoy44, 22 September 2012 - 04:47 PM.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:54 PM

From a goalie's perspective, i'll tell you why we always get fooled by this and why its such a beauty of a move.

Yes, we know that Burrows is going to do it. All the time. But to save a backhanded move that is perfected to that calibre (moving us to the side and putting it top shelf), we have to be fully committed to pushing off and hugging that far post. Fully committed. Which means we can't decide last minute we want to do it because we won't get over in time.

What does that mean? That means if we're fully committed, a guy like Burrows will easily be able to tell by our position in the net, and he could shoot to score 100 percent of the time and beat us. So we have to somehow show that we're ready for a shot, but put ourselves so out of position we can get over to stop that backhander at the same time.

And the most beautiful part about the move is he does it at a distance that's too far for us to utilize our pokecheck. So our only hope? Pretty much that he somehow misses the net/fumbles the puck
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:38 PM

I miss hockey so much :(
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:45 PM

What's hockey?


Rhymes with jockey. Must be some kind of correlation there!
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:46 PM

What memories this brings back,Burrows to the backhand.....goal!!
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:15 PM

Nice thread :) I love this move, and he does it so well. To mix it up, sometimes he actually goes with the wrist shot. I'm curious the success rate of the forehand vs fake to backhand?
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:18 PM

I love how he completely faked thomas out of his goal crease. lol


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:23 PM

I love how he completely faked thomas out of his goal crease. lol


Then Thomas rage quits :P

Somebody help me get through this lockout :(
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

Remember the one against Carolina the ended up being the game winner and also ended our losing streak some years back?
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 09:54 PM

That goal in Toronto, not last year, but the year before I believe it was, was the start of a comeback 5-3 win, he just always scores big goals, he's Mr. Clutch
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Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:50 PM

Who is this "burrows" what is a "backhand deke" ..oh #%@
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:10 AM

damn , i didnt think of all the times he scored on a shootout and it didnt count towards his point total
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:08 AM

I think this is what you're looking for

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqGumHoOuzg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

ahh, field hockey, the only type of hockey us australians are any good at
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:33 AM

Burrows is my favourite Canuck.
He is the most exciting player on our team.
Thank God they gave him a raise........
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:35 AM

awesome post Op

I really enjoyed that vid


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Posted 23 September 2012 - 08:50 AM

LOL you cant stop the forehand backhand and i never noticed how many of those were on rinne :lol:
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 01:49 PM

ahh, field hockey, the only type of hockey us australians are any good at


what do you expect? half the country is desert! Maybe Bettman should put a field hockey team in Phoenix...
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:11 PM

The Ruutu move!

I love it, Burrows does this deke perfectly.


Completely forgot about those times Ruutu would pull the move off.. Gotta scan YouTube..
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 02:30 PM

Found it. Jarkko Ruutu.



Now whose are nicer.. Burr's or Ruutu's?

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:26 PM

Found it. Jarkko Ruutu.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=k6JO6dCpqBs

Now whose are nicer.. Burr's or Ruutu's?


Burrows' are smoother and done at higher speeds, so I like his better.
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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:25 PM

Burrows' are smoother and done at higher speeds, so I like his better.


Fair enough. The goalies in Ruutu's goals also seem to be playing a lot further out of their net to challenge, putting them wayy out of position for the deke. What's impressive about Burr's goals are that in a lot of the later ones, the goalies start to catch on and actually move with him to the backhand, but he's still able to roof em above their pad and blocker.
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