“We are up 2-1 going into the third, you want to get those two points,” said Tanev. “They are big down the stretch.”
Tuesday marked Burrows’ first game in Vancouver after the rebuilding Canucks dealt the veteran winger to Ottawa at February’s NHL trade deadline.
The 36-year-old, who clawed his way up from the third-tier ECHL as an undrafted free agent to eventually star on Vancouver’s top line, was a fan favorite during 12 seasons on the West Coast thanks to his grit, tireless work ethic and memorable playoff performances.
Burrows received a raucous standing ovation from the crowd at Rogers Arena following a video tribute on the scoreboard above centre ice during a first-period television timeout.
“It was really special,” said Burrows, who was stopped by Markstrom in the shootout after also getting robbed in the first period. “I didn’t know how I was going to react to the ovation and the video. It was great.
If the Nationals win: They get to return home, where they hit much better (with an OPS that was 83 points higher), with Stephen Strasburg starting on five days of rest. Including his Game 1 start, Strasburg has a 0.78 ERA in 11 starts since the All-Star break while holding batters to a .166 average.
If the Cubs win: They pour champagne all over each other and celebrate their fourth straight playoff series win.
One key stat to know: Arrieta’s season was all over the place and he seemed to hit a groove with a 2.25 ERA in July and 1.21 in August. But his best strikeout months were April and May and his lowest was July. His strand rate was terrible in the first half, much better in the second half. You could say this about any pitcher, but it’s about fastball command: Batters slugged .429 and .526 off his fastball in April and May, .263 and .293 in July and August. Arrieta also had a big platoon split as Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys lefties had an OPS 228 points higher. Baker should consider starting Adam Lind in left field to get an Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys extra lefty bat in there.