Speaking of Burns, this fan had a milestone night in Vancouver:
Slumping no more. Brent Burns leads all NHL D in poins since Nov. 22. 13 points in his last 12 G. pic.twitter.com/VaMfF3zz4f— Chris Oddo (@TheFanChild) December 16, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sharks Report: Couture Injured, but Sharks Come Back from Brink Again
The Sharks managed to pluck a point after a shaky start against the Vancouver Canucks on Friday Rogers Arena. That's the good news. The bad news is that they lost in overtime thanks to a Sam Gagner roof job and they may have lost their leading scorer and best player for some time, as Logan Couture was knocked out of the game after taking a hit from Alexander Burmistrov at 5:12 of the third period. A couple of notes before we get into bullets: -- The Sharks have battled back fron deficits of two or more goals to earn points three times in their last five. This team has heart. -- The Sharks remain in third the Pacific, dropping to 17-10-4 with the OT loss. -- The Sharks have now scored 85 goals, ranking them 27th in the NHL. -- The Sharks have allowed just 75 goals, tied with Tampa for the lowest in the NHL. -- At 53.17%, the Sharks have the NHL's third-highest 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage. 1. No word on Couture Yet Let's start with the very bad news: Logan Couture was hit in the face by an Alexander Burmistrov shoulder on a third period play that resulted in an interference call on the Russian. The puck went past the two skaters in the corner and Burmistrov elected to throw a hit as Couture went to step around him to track the puck. Couture immediately went down and looked kind of stunned before getting some help to get off the ice and down the tunnel to do the dressing room. points out some of Jones' struggles of late--he has allowed four or more goals in his last five starts--but don't let the numbers fool you. He was probably the biggest reason the Sharks didn't get blown out in this one. Look closely at all four of the Canucks goals and you can see that Jones pretty much had no chance on any of them. Maybe Brock Boeser's PP goal was one he could have stopped, but Boeser is a major league sniper that was left all alone by the Sharks PK unit--not a good idea. PS... Jones is still stuck on 99 career wins. 3. Burns is getting on track Brent Burns chipped in with his second multi-goal game in the Sharks' last three contests, and that's a great sign for San Jose's struggling offense. He scored one on the power play and tied the game in the third with a seeing-eye goal from the point. From a possession standpoint Burns was solid with a Corsi % of 60.53 at 5-on-5. He led the Sharks in shot attempts with eight. Burns now has 13 points in his last 12 games an leads all NHL defenseman in points since Nov. 22.