Brent Burns’ newest profession milestone with the San Jose Sharks got here in an strange and possibly unforgettable method.
Burns assisted on Rudolfs Balcers’ empty-net objective within the ultimate minute of the 3rd length of Friday’s recreation with Los Angeles, giving him 500 assists for his NHL profession and the Sharks a 3-0 win at Staples Middle.
Going into Saturday’s 2d recreation with the Kings, Burns has 215 targets in 1,149 profession video games, as he’s simply the nineteenth defenseman in NHL historical past to document a minimum of 200 targets and 500 assists. That crew comprises Sharks basic supervisor Doug Wilson, who had 237 targets and 590 assists in his Hockey Corridor of Repute profession. Burns did spend kind of a season and a part early in his tenure with the Sharks as a ahead.
The best way Burns’ lend a hand took place Friday was once strange.
Down two targets, the Kings had pulled their goalie, Cal Petersen, for the additional attacker. Burns, a right-handed shot, had misplaced his stick as he was once checking Jeff Carter. Balcers’ a left-handed shot, passed him his stick after a couple of seconds.
“He was once calling for a stick within the d-zone,” Balcers mentioned Saturday. “I didn’t take into consideration it, I simply gave it to him. I noticed him whacking the stick across the mistaken method as a result of he performs appropriate clearly, and it was once roughly humorous.”
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Burns later were given ownership of the puck however had bother stickhandling, in part as a result of the curve on Balcers’ stick. He used his backhand, the forehand on Balcers’ stick, to get the puck to the Latvian-born winger. Balcers then shot the puck within the Kings internet from middle ice.
“I ran to the bench and were given my stick again and I grew to become round and I noticed he had the puck,” Balcers mentioned, “and he made a loopy play there with the lefty stick. It was once hilarious the entire state of affairs.”
“I couldn’t determine why (Burns) couldn’t stickhandle to start with and the puck was once leaping on him after which I noticed him pass to his one hand, which was once the left-handed stick. Then all of it roughly made sense,” Sharks captain Logan Couture mentioned. “However glad for Burnzie — 500 assists, and he’s were given over 200 targets as neatly, so exceptional profession.”
Couture and different gamers at the Sharks’ bench definitely loved what they noticed.
“That was once an ideal second for our guys,” Sharks trainer Bob Boughner mentioned. “They have been guffawing and having amusing and playing the instant. When (Burns) grabbed Rudy’s stick and Rudy scored, anyone at the bench mentioned, ‘Rudy from Rudy’ or one thing like that. Guys had a good time with it. It’s a just right tale.”
BORDELEAU’S FUTURE: Michigan trainer Mel Pearson mentioned it was once his working out that middle Thomas Bordeleau would go back to Ann Arbor for his sophomore season, including in an electronic mail to this newspaper that, “We have now a scheduled finish of the yr assembly this coming week which must finalize his intentions for subsequent season.”
Bordeleau, 19, had 30 issues in 24 video games for the Wolverines this season, and was once named the Large Ten Rookie of the 12 months. Sharks assistant basic supervisor Joe Will mentioned Friday that it was once his impact that Bordeleau would go back to college.