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McLellan: Burish ‘very close,’ could be in Sharks lineup for Game 6

May 24, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT


Shorthanded at forward for most of their second-round series vs. L.A., the San Jose Sharks may be getting some reinforcements in time for Game 6.

Adam Burish, who has missed the entire series with a broken hand, is “very close” to returning, according to Sharks head coach Todd McLellan.

So close, in fact, that he might return to the lineup for Sunday’s elimination game at HP Pavilion.

Burish, 30, didn’t have a huge impact with San Jose this season after scoring a career high 19 points last year with Dallas.

In 46 games with the Sharks, he had just three points and averaged under 11 minutes per game, but he is one of the more experienced playoff performers on the San Jose roster and one of the few that’s won a Stanley Cup.

At this point, the Sharks will take whatever they can get up front.

Raffi Torres was suspended for the series after a headshot on Jarret Stoll in Game 1, while Martin Havlat’s return from injury lasted all of five minutes, and he’s unlikely to return either.



  1. ron05342 - May 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    * yawn *

  2. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Id rather Burish play than Demers. If Burish can trick some Kings into penalties, it could help.

  3. bleedingteal4life - May 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Demers is a pile of dog crap, which shows by his and the teams performance on Thursday. Their sorry excuse for playoff hockey was so pathetic it really made me wonder how they got there in the first place. Not only to lose a very important game, but also let quick get ANOTHER playoff shutout is ridiculous. They have no excuses, and we better see some big changes next year. They have shown they have the skill, Thornton had an amazing game previously. It’s really just pathetic how inconsistent they are….sharks get your heads out of your corn holes. Ok rant over.

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