Alex Burrows intended all along to play Monday night. His bruised foot wasn't so sure.

Unable to skate with teammates Monday morning, the Vancouver Canuck winger passed a CT scan and spent the afternoon getting medical treatment before making it into the lineup for the 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Burrows recorded an assist to extend his points streak to 10 games, and allowed the Canucks to dress a full lineup. They are so tight to the salary cap that the team is not carrying any extra players, although they're recalling 12th defenceman Yann Sauve for tonight's game against the Minnesota Wild because blueliner Andrew Alberts broke his wrist in a collision with the Blues' David Backes.

"In my mind it was always a go," Burrows said. "But this morning, the foot didn't respond the way we wanted. I iced it all day and spent the afternoon getting treatment instead of napping. I got a [scan] done and it's mostly a bone bruise. I just have to manage the pain."

Burrows logged 19:37 of ice time on one leg.

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault said after the game that Alberts is going on the long-term injured list to allow Sauve's recall.