Saturday, January 9, 2016

Brent Burns Schools Kadri and Phaneuf for Bobby Orr-esque Goal

The Sharks played their best game of the season on Saturday night at HP Pavilion, absolutely dismantling the shell-shocked Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-0, and their best defenseman got the ball rolling with this sweet rush.

When you're as big as Burns you don't have to worry too uch about getting hammered in the neutral zone, and Burns took advantage of this freedom to toe drag his way past Nazem Kadri before he turned the corner on Dion Phaneuf and buried his 17th goal of the season.

"That was huge, because I thought we were a little tentative," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of Burns' gorgeous goal. "We were almost in that waiting-for-something-to-go-wrong mindset. He just said, 'Screw it,' and took the puck. That changed the game for us; it really did. That play changed the game. That's how we have to play. That was a world-class play by a world-class player." Burns leads all NHL defenseman in goals.

The Sharks are currently two points behind Vancouver for third in the Pacific, but they've got three games in hand on the Canucks. They improved to a dismal 6-12-0 record at home with the win. It's the worst home record in the NHL.