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Fear The Fin May 18, 2019
Winning Play: Another slow start

Winning Play: Another slow start

If you were surprised by the St. Louis Blues’ fourth line scoring Game 4’s opening goal, you haven’t been paying enough attention. For the San Jose Sharks, here’s yet another example of not starting the game on time: Logan Couture (39) got back to retrieve the St. Louis dump-in, but he put the pass into Brent Burns’s (88) feet. Burns recovered agilely, but that extra split-second allowed a forechecking Ivan Barbashev (49) to pressure. Burns backhanded a pass perhaps too hard for Couture and too soft for Gustav Nyquist (14) up the wall. Alexander Steen (20) kept the puck alive....
Fear The Fin May 14, 2019
Winning Play: Weaponizing...Bortuzzo?

Winning Play: Weaponizing...Bortuzzo?

Before Game 1, a scout told me, of the St. Louis Blues, “Their D are very active in the offensive end.” That’s nothing ground-breaking. The San Jose Sharks, featuring Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns, are as active offensively as anybody in the league. But how St. Louis is activating their defense is a little bit different. Of course, the Blues don’t have Karlsson and Burns. What they do have is some of the biggest defensemen in the league: Six of their eight defensemen are 6-foot-2 or taller. This is tied for most among playoff teams with the Blue Jackets. In contrast, the Sharks...
The Denver Post May 8, 2019
Avalanche at Sharks Game 7 roundtable: Nathan MacKinnon or Brent Burns — who would you build a franchise around?

Avalanche at Sharks Game 7 roundtable: Nathan MacKinnon or Brent Burns — who would you build a franchise around?

Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series -- it doesn't get much more exciting than this.
Fear The Fin May 4, 2019
How are Avs limiting Burns?

How are Avs limiting Burns?

Two games and seven points ago, Brent Burns was dominating the series at both ends of the ice. But after pointless Games 3 and 4 — Burns also had just nine shot attempts at 5-on-5 in Denver, as opposed to 19 in San Jose — the Colorado Avalanche may have made some adjustments on the San Jose Sharks superstar. Before Game 3, Tomas Hertl noted, “Vegas was more 3-on-3 down there, [other Golden Knights] watching high. Colorado has all five guys down there, so we have more space to pass it to the D...Make some plays for Burnzie, he’s shooting the puck, he’s on fire.” Here’s an...
The Mercury News May 2, 2019
With power play struggling, Sharks may be making small changes

With power play struggling, Sharks may be making small changes

The Sharks on Thursday morning, before Game 4 with Avalanche, had Gus Nyquist on the first unit with Brent Burns, Kevin Labanc, Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl
Last Word on Hockey May 1, 2019
San Jose Sharks Ridding Brent Burns and Experience to Series Lead

San Jose Sharks Ridding Brent Burns and Experience to Series Lead

The San Jose Sharks lead their second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche 2-1. Entering the series, the Sharks had the decided edge in playoff experience. Still, the Avalanche were able to surprise the top-seeded Calgary Flames in the first round in five games. The Sharks rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Vegas Golden Knights in seven games. The series was billed as youth versus experience. So far, the overall Sharks have been led by their all-star defenceman Brent Burns and used their playoff experience to lead Colorado in the series. Sharks Ridding Brent Burns and...
Fear The Fin Apr 30, 2019
Labanc on what’s different about Burns and Karlsson on power play; MacKinnon is “Reverse Burns”

Labanc on what’s different about Burns and Karlsson on power play; MacKinnon is “Reverse Burns”

The San Jose Sharks are about as star-studded as the Avengers. Obviously, Joe Pavelski is Captain America. Joe Thornton can be our eccentric billionaire Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. Brent Burns certainly has Thor’s tresses and trunk-like physique. Erik Karlsson as Captain Marvel? Logan Couture’s got a Hawkeye vibe, for sure. The list goes on. So what’s a teenager like Peter Parker doing on the Avengers’ top power play unit? Quietly, that’s been one of Kevin Labanc’s greatest triumphs during this breakout campaign. On a team that features Pavelski, Thornton, Burns, Karlsson, Couture,...
Last Word on Hockey Apr 30, 2019
Matt Calvert Will Miss Game 3 for Colorado Avalache

Matt Calvert Will Miss Game 3 for Colorado Avalache

The Colorado Avalanche have announced that forward Matt Calvert is out for Game 3 with an upper-body injury. Calvert's status was announced after the morning skate on Tuesday. https://twitter.com/MikeChambers/status/1123283657295163392 Matt Calvert Injured The Brandon, Manitoba native was hurt in Game 2 after taking a big hit from San Jose Sharks defenceman Brent Burns. Calvert was injured in the final minutes of the game after making a pass to Nathan MacKinnon. The 29-year-old eventually got an assist on the game-clinching goal. Calvert had 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 82 games...
Fear The Fin Apr 29, 2019
Quick Bites: Avalanche tie series despite late push from Sharks

Quick Bites: Avalanche tie series despite late push from Sharks

It’s off to Denver for Game 3. If Sunday afternoon’s game taught the San Jose Sharks any lessons, it’s that the Colorado Avalanche are not to be underestimated. The Avalanche’s young core made sure to make that a point, winning Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal, now on equal footing to fight for the lead as the series heads to the Pepsi Center. Brent Burns was a force to be reckoned with in Game 2. Nearly eight minutes into the first period, Burns took a shot from the point that was initially blocked by Philipp Grubauer, but Evander Kane was parked right in front of the...
The Denver Post Apr 29, 2019
Avalanche enters Game 3 looking to contain Sharks’ red-hot Brent Burns

Avalanche enters Game 3 looking to contain Sharks’ red-hot Brent Burns

If the Avalanche is to advance to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2002, it probably must find a way to stop San Jose defenseman Brent Burns from tearing it up offensively.
Fear The Fin Apr 28, 2019
Avalanche 4, Sharks 3: Sharks Barrie’d by Colorado’s stars in Game 2

Avalanche 4, Sharks 3: Sharks Barrie’d by Colorado’s stars in Game 2

San Jose’s dream start is ruined by a big middle frame for the Avs. The way Game 2 began, you would’ve been pretty sure that the Sharks were well on their way to sweeping their second round home and home set against the Avalanche. San Jose was skating circles around their opponents, dominating possession and Evander Kane had made Colorado pay after being left open to corral a Brent Burns rebound and pop the puck past Philipp Grubauer, sending Team Teal to the locker room after the first period with a 1-0 lead. But in the second period, Colorado’s big names proved that even the best...
The Hockey Writers Apr 28, 2019

‘Beard Brothers’ Lead the San Jose Sharks

In the opening game of the playoff series between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche, the Sharks’ iconically bearded players showed up often. One beard belongs to Norris Trophy finalist Brent Burns, the other to future Hall-of-Famer Joe Thornton. The bearded duo was in all five scores in the Sharks’ 5-2 win. Burns dominated […] The post ‘Beard Brothers’ Lead the San Jose Sharks appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
The Mercury News Apr 28, 2019
Brent Burns finding more room to make plays vs. Avalanche

Brent Burns finding more room to make plays vs. Avalanche

San Jose Sharks defenseman torched Colorado with one goal and three assists in Game 1 win
Sportsnet.ca Apr 27, 2019
Sharks’ Burns moving past defensive criticism with world-class play

Sharks’ Burns moving past defensive criticism with world-class play

More than a month after Drew Doughty ripped into the defensive abilities of Brent Burns, his comments still resonate in northern California. The post NHL appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
The Mercury News Apr 27, 2019
What energy issues? Kevin Labanc, Sharks top Avalanche in Game 1

What energy issues? Kevin Labanc, Sharks top Avalanche in Game 1

Brent Burns added a goal and three assists, and Joe Thornton and Marcus Sorensen each added two points as Sharks top Avalanche

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