Brent Burns and his magnificent beard have been helping propel the San Jose Sharks through the entire regular season and playoffs this year. The defenseman, standing at a whopping 6’5’’ and 225 lbs, has been leading the San Jose defense to the best of his ability, as well as leading the playoff beard competition with fellow teammate Joe Thornton. Together, the bearded duo along with the rest of the team is trying to win their first ever Stanley Cup for the city of San Jose.
Brent Burns at his best
Now in his fifth season with the Sharks, Burns has made steady improvements each season he’s been there, with the exception of the 2012-2013 season when he only played 30 games due to injury. His points, goals, assists, and time-on-ice have all increased with each season he’s played at San Jose. During this regular season, Burns had 75 points in 82 games as a defenseman, and already has 22 points in 19 games this postseason. He also has a rating of +8 this postseason, and a +5 in his last five games in the series against the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brent Burns’ influence
Burns has clearly been the shining start for the Sharks on defense this season. Comparing him to fellow lineman Paul Martin, who has zero goals and five assists this post-season; Burns stands out with six goals and 16 assists. Burns assisted on both of the Sharks goals in Game 1 versus Pittsburgh and did everything he could to stop the fast-paced Penguins from securing the win at home. He was all over the ice, blocking shots and taking shots of his own, as well as stopping a couple game-jeopardizing breakaways.
On the Reel
Burns has had six goals in this year’s playoffs, with four of those goals coming from the power play, which is San Jose’s specialty. Burns is extremely effective on the man-advantage, playing as an offensive defenseman who is a serious scoring threat at any moment. In Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the Sharks played the St. Louis Blues, after losing the first game 2-1 in St. Louis. In this second game of the series, Burns came back with a vengeance scoring two goals on the powerplay to help his team to the 4-0 victory.
Onwards for Brent Burns
Brent Burns has been an absolute monster on defense for the Sharks this postseason, doing whatever it takes to help his team secure the win. He’s blocking shots, scoring goals, assisting, and stomping out defenders. He leads his team with 25:02 average ice time per game in this post-season, and he doesn’t plan on stopping until he is hoisting the Stanley Cup for his team and the city of San Jose. He needs to keep doing what he’s doing for the rest of the Penguins series and continue to help his team be effective on their deadly power play.