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NHL investigating Burrows's spat with ref

The NHL is investigating Monday night's incident involving referee Stephane Auger and Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows, who made post-game comments accusing Auger of being out to get him.

The NHL is investigating Monday night's incident involving referee Stephane Auger and Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows, who made post-game comments accusing Auger of being out to get him.

A league spokesman said Tuesday that NHL discipline czar Colin Campbell is reviewing the matter. It wasn't clear whether an announcement would be forthcoming about any potential sanctions against Burrows.

Burrows, who scored two goals in Vancouver's 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.

"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 after the game. "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 — an NHL official since 2000 — told him during the warm-up that Burrows made him look bad when he 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," Burrows said.

Asked if he expected to be suspended, Burrows said: "Maybe, I don't know, but I think he [Auger] should sit out the rest of the year making calls like that."

With files from The Canadian Press