Andre Burakovsky has a lot of nicknames. Some players, like new roommate Michael Latta, call him Burkie. Others, such as us, call him the Burracuda. Apparently we’re not alone.
During a post-game interview with Pierre McGuire, Jay “The Regal” Beagle gave a shout-out to the “Burracuda” for his great pass.
That is fantastic.
Check out the whole interview here. I even transcribed it for you.
I gotta tell you, as someone watching that game, that was a great game. What was it like playing in that game?
Yeah. It was obviously a great match. First period, they came out real hard and kind of set the tone in our own building. We didn’t like that. We tried to push back and it made for a great hockey game.
What did you see on your goal because it was a little bit unorthodox?
Yeah, well you know, Burracuda gave me a great pass in the slot. I got a good shot on and I hit his blocker. I went back after the puck and came around and tried to get it on net as fast as I could. I knew guys were crashing. I got lucky but that’s what we talk about a lot, just trying to get it to the net and create havoc there.
Your face off play has been phenomenal all playoff long. How do you develop that skill?
You know, it’s something I’ve developed over many years. It’s something I work on a lot over the summer. It’s practice. It’s practice, timing, and once you have that confidence you kind of roll with it. The hard work’s kinda paying off right now.
It sure looked like you have confidence. You were out there defending the lead, you and Nick Backstrom both taking face offs. What’s it like on the ice at that moment when you’re playing in that situation?
Yeah. It’s unbelievable. That’s what you live for. Up 1-0, defending the game, trying to get a win for the boys. Holts stood on his head, made it easier for us. Just a good finish.
Why’s this team different from years past?
There’s a lot of things. Just the way Trotz has us playing– the type of system that he wants us to play and has given us. Everyone’s committed. Everyone’s bought in. It’s a fun locker room to be in this year and we’re just going with it.
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