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GOTTA SEE IT: Burns Scorches Flames with Long Bomb



Credit: NBC Sports California

What a pass from Brent Burns.

It was scoreless to start the second period when the San Jose Sharks star uncorked a long bomb worthy of framing.

Of course, it’s just a quickly-forgotten highlight without Alexander Barabanov’s finish. San Jose Sharks’ color commentator Bret Hedican credited the winger (94) with dragging his right leg to shield the puck from Noah Hanifin (55).

That’s three Flames that Burns beats – play-by-play announcer Randy Hahn noted that the pass was clocked at brisk 63 MPH.

“The one thing about Burnzie, when he passes a puck, if we’re not going to get it, no one else is going to get it. Because he passes very, very hard,” acting head coach John MacLean said. “That’s just a high-end play.”

The San Jose Sharks would need this game-opening strike: The Flames pummeled Adin Hill with 19 shots in this period. Hill, however, stood tall, stopping all but one in the middle frame to lead the Sharks to an eventual 4-1 victory.

Meanwhile, it was another busy night for Burns, who’s playing more than ever because four San Jose defensemen, Erik Karlsson, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Radim Simek, and Jake Middleton are currently in COVID protocol. He logged a game-leading 27:44 tonight.

“He’s playing great hockey for us. He’s playing a lot of hockey,” MacLean said.

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