San Jose, CA–Today the San Jose Sharks announced the forward Adam Burish has been officially ruled for round 2 of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In their first round series sweep over the Vancouver Canucks was injured in game four with an upper body injury.
Burish was slashed by Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler at 16:35 of the second period Tuesday night and did not return to action after that.
“He’s a big part of our team. He has been since he arrived,” Sharks Coach Todd McLellan said of the fourth-line forward. “He brings an element of experience, grit, tenacity so we’re going to miss him, but we’ve been able to recover from other injuries so far throughout the playoffs.”
Forward Adam Burish had averaged 10:27 of ice time during the Vancouver series. In addition, he is one of five Sharks who has a Stanley Ring to his credit. Furthermore, Burish is known for his role as an agitator not a goal scorer.
“It’s a tough loss,” teammate Dan Boyle said. “He’s one of those guys that doesn’t usually show up on the score sheet but having played against him, he gets under other guys’ skin. He sort of got under mine when he was with Chicago. You kind of need that going forward.”
In 46 games this season, Burish recorded a goal, 2 assists, and registered 25 penalty minutes to his credit. The ninth round pick of the 2002 NHL draft had six hits, three block shots, and two penalty minutes.
Meanwhile, Martin Havlat put the skates on for the first time since he was injured back in the early stages of round of the Western Conference Quarterfinals. He made mentioned the his injury was not the cause of the groin shot that was made by Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. For testing purposes, he is out on the ice to test it out.
“It wasn’t from that,” Havlat said, before sarcastically adding: “It was completely clean.”
Havlat declined to mention anything about a time table regarding his official return to the ice or when he will rejoin the team for practice. He also indicated that he does not know when he will be game ready.
“No dates in my head,” he said.
Also injured defenseman Jason Demers met with the media today and just like fellow teammate Martin Havlat had indicating he too did not mention that their is no time table for his return to the lineup.
The franchise also announced today that 2 round playoff tickets are available for purchase. Please check out the team’s website for details.
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