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San Jose puts Burns (lower body) on IR, recalls Irwin

Feb 26, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

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The Sharks have placed defenseman Brent Burns on injured reserve (lower body) and recalled Matt Irwin from AHL Worcester, the team announced Tuesday.

Burns, 27, left Saturday’s 3-1 loss in Dallas just five minutes into the first period, and didn’t return.

It’s unclear what the injury is, or if it’s related to the lower-body issue that hampered Burns to start the year.

He’s only played in six of San Jose’s 17 games this season and looked out of sorts when in the lineup, failing to register a point while sporting a minus-5 rating.

Irwin, 25, has appeared in nine games for the Sharks this season, posting 1G-1A-2PTS while averaging 18:43 time on ice.

Yesterday, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reported that Burns would miss at least two games with the injury.

 

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