Burns out -- injury 'not as severe'

Burns out -- injury 'not as severe'
January 24, 2012, 7:31 pm
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Sharks defenseman Brent Burns will not play play Tuesday night when San Jose faces the Calgary Flames.

Burns departed at with 5:37 remaining in the third period against the Oilers, following a dangerous-looking collision with Edmonton's Ales Hemsky.

Sharks coach Todd McLellan told the Calgary Herald that the "injury is not as severe as we originally thought."

"The good news, its not a knee," McLellan said. "Its more of a charleyhorse situation. Hell need some treatment, beginning today. And hopefully, when we get through the All-Star break, hes ready to play again.

The Sharks have seven healthy defensemen. A decision on Burns' replacement for the final game of the three-game Canadian road trip will be made at game time, McLellan said.

The All-Star break begins immediately following tonight's game. San Jose's first game after the break is Jan. 31 vs. Columbus.

Hemsky earned him a five-minute major and a game misconduct on the play that injured Burns.