Sharks lose Burish for Western Conference semifinal
An upper body injury will keep Adam Burish from playing in the Sharks' second-round playoff series. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
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SAN JOSE - Right wing Adam Burish will miss the entire San Jose Sharks' second-round playoff series due to an upper body injury sustained in Game 4 against the Vancouver Canucks. Burish was slashed in the hand by Vancouver's Alex Edler at 16:35 of the second period and did not play for the remainder of the game.
“He’s a big part of our team. He has been since he arrived," Todd McLellan said on Thursday. "Brings an element of experience, grit, tenacity, so we’re going to miss him. We’ve been able to recover from other injuries so far throughout the playoffs. I think the players that have adjusted and adaped their game and come into the lineup did a tremendous job. We’re going to ask them to do that again.”
Burish signed a four-year, $7.4 million contract with the Sharks in the offseason. He won a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010, and has been an important off-ice component to the Sharks' locker room.
McLellan said: “You can hear him in the locker room, some of the things that he says and how he supports his teammates. That’s real important. But, I think that can still happen. You don’t have to be wearing the uniform to do that.”
Burish had a goal, two assists and 25 penalty minutes in 46 games in his first season with San Jose. The 30-year-old Madison, WI native had two penalty minutes, six hits and three blocked shots in the Sharks' first-round sweep of the Canucks.