Alex Burrows' post-game comments about referee Stephane Auger may end up getting him in hot water with the NHL and bring a quick end to his torrid scoring streak.
Burrows, who scored two goals in the Vancouver Canucks' 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Monday, received a 10-minute misconduct with four seconds left in the game after complaining to Auger, who penalized the Vancouver player twice in the third period.
Afterwards, he blasted Auger's officiating and accused the referee of being out to get him.
"After my second penalty, I skated by him and he said, 'If you say a word I am going to kick you out,' so I didn't say a word because I still thought we could come back and win the game," Burrows said. "But with three seconds left and the faceoff outside the zone, I thought I could tell him what I thought about him."
Burrows said Auger told him during the warm-up that he made him look bad when Burrows drew a major penalty after Predator Jerred Smithson charged him in Nashville on Dec. 8.
"It was personal. It started in warm up before the anthem," Burrows said. "The ref came over to me and said I made him look bad in Nashville on the Smithson hit."
Smithson got a major penalty and a game misconduct for a charging penalty on Burrows.
"He said he was going to get me back tonight and he did his job in the third."
'It changed the game'
Burrows could face punishment from the NHL for his comments. Asked if he expected to be suspended, Burrows replied: "Maybe, I don't know, but I think he [Auger] should sit out the rest of the year making calls like that."
Burrows, who has nine goals in his last five games and 19 for the season, was off for interference when Shea Weber scored Nashville's winner late in the third period. He was called for diving earlier in the period.
"He called me on a diving call I didn't think was diving, he got me on an interference call that I have no idea how he could call that and it changed the game," Burrows said. "It sucks right now for teammates that are battling hard for 60 minutes to win a hockey game because every two points are so huge, so important, and because of a guy's ego it just blows everything out of proportion and they're making bad calls and the fans are paying for it and we're paying for it."
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said the remarks were Burrows' opinions but the club would look into them, although he stopped short of calling for the league to investigate.
"If those [allegations] are true, then they'll need to be brought up," Vigneault said. "I haven't looked into that. I just heard about it a while back there, so we'll see what happens.
"We're going to talk to Alex. We're going to the bottom of this and we'll see what [recourse] we have and we'll take it from there."