Andre Burakovsky Looks to Turn His Game Around on the Biggest Stage

Sometimes in the playoffs, unsung heroes come up big. Andre Burakovsky enters tonight’s Game 6 with zero points in six postseason games. The latest slump, which included an upper-body injury in between, prompted coach Barry Trotz to list him as a healthy scratch during Saturday’s Game 5

“It’s definitely tough to jump in… When you’re out, you just want to get in and help the team and do what you’re good at: score goals and produce. What I realized is that it’s not that easy. I really thought I could jump in and just play like i did before I got injured,” Burakovsky told the media.

Burakovsky also talked about how tough it’s been mentally when things don’t go your way, whether it be a scoring slump or an injury. He said he plans to see a sports psychologist over the summer.

“I’ve always been really, really hard on myself. Ever since I was a kid I’ve always had high expectations with myself,” said Burakovsky. “I just think I have to get rid of that (bad thoughts) a little bit, not looking at the past just looking at the future. There’s always the next shift coming up so it’s kind of my problem. Whenever I do something bad, I think about it for a long time and that’s something i’m going to have to work on.

In the past when he’s been benched, Burakovsky has been known to respond with a goal. The biggest goal for his team Monday night is to win and keep their season alive and everybody has to step up.

Burakovsky looks to make a big impact on the bottom six tonight as he’ll be on the third line with Lars Eller and Brett Connolly. Burakovsky has a chance to be an unsung hero but even doing the little things to help the Capitals win would be greatly appreciated as the Caps look to force a Game 7.

By Michael Marzzacco

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