Detroit's Streak Snapped: Why Alex Burrows' Celebration Was out of Line

Adam Rickert@adam_rickertAnalyst IIFebruary 24, 2012

VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 21: Alexandre Burrows #14 and goalie Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks share a laugh after defeating the Detroit Red Wings during NHL action on December 21, 2011 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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I rarely ever have a problem with celebrations. They are just ways to express emotions of success after intense moments in sports.

Thursday night was definitely a cause of celebration for the Vancouver Canucks, as they had just snapped the Detroit Red Wings' 23-game home winning streak—the longest in NHL history. They had just played in one of the most exciting and intense games of the season, and were able to do something that nobody had done in nearly four months.

Celebrating and showing others up, however, are two different things.

After scoring the shootout winner to end Detroit's record streak, Alex Burrows of the Canucks mimicked the action of snapping his stick on his leg—symbolizing the snapping of the winning streak and taking somewhat of a shot at a team who had just done something that nobody had ever been able to do.

Obviously, this was a huge game for the Canucks as well as the Red Wings. It was a huge boost of confidence for the defending Western Conference champions, who are now just a point behind the NHL-leading Red Wings.

Winning this game was undoubtedly a cause for celebration, which I agree with; however, Burrows could have and should have celebrated in a way that would have reflected a little bit of class.

In fact, the Canucks had their own streak snapped just two nights earlier in Nashville, as they had lost in regulation and therefore didn't gain a point for the first time in over a month.

That was a huge game for Nashville, too, who is trying to move their way up in a tough Western Conference. Did they do anything to show up the Canucks? Even after Ryan Kesler showed up the Predator fans in the playoffs last year? Of course not.

Again, I have no problem with celebration as long as it does not show up another team or player, especially if that team has accomplished a feat that you have never even come close to.

Some players need to grow up and have some respect before it comes back to "bite" them...again.