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Scrappy Vancouver Canuck forward Alex Burrows is the sandpaper to Daniel and Henrik Sedins’ polish.

Scrappy Vancouver Canuck forward Alex Burrows is the sandpaper to Daniel and Henrik Sedins’ polish.

The Swedish twins can be like watching ballet. Burrows is slam dancing.

It’s the differences that have helped Burrows find his place with the Sedins on the Canucks’ top line. He wants to have that success spill over to the NHL playoffs.

“I don’t think we are going to change anything,” Burrows said after the Canucks practised yesterday. “We are going to try to play the way we played all year. That’s the way we are going to approach it individually.

“That’s how we’ve been successful all year. It’s been different guys stepping up. Why change a winning recipe?”

The top-seeded Canucks will be looking for some redemption when they open their Western Conference quarter-final series against the eighth-place Chicago Blackhawks tonight.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Hawks have eliminated Vancouver from the second round the last two years.

One of the things the Hawks have done well is get in the Canucks’ heads. Burrows is one of the players guilty of losing his cool and taking undisciplined penalties.

“We want to control our emotions,” said Burrows. “We want to make sure we do what we’ve been doing all year and that’s playing the right way.”

Burrows has proven to be the missing puzzle piece with the Sedins’. His physical play has been the compliment to the brother’s smooth skating and seeing-eye passes.

“He does everything,” said centre Henrik Sedin.

“He gives us the puck where we want it. He gets open where he thinks he’s gong to get it back. It’s just reading off each other.”

But Burrows knows the success and accolades that come with playing on one of the best lines in the NHL mean nothing unless the Canucks win it all.

“(Tonight) is the biggest game,” Burrows said.

“We are going to try to win that, learn from what happened, then move on to the second game.”

 
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