When the San Jose Sharks face off against the Los Angeles Kings tonight in a do-or-die situation, they will be aided by the presence of one of their key enforcers.
Gritty forward Adam Burish, who has not played since May 7 in the first round series against the Canucks, says he will be returning tonight.
“The plan is I’m going to play,” Burish told CSN Bay Area Sunday morning. “Unless something changes, or if I eat some bad chicken, I’ll be good to go.”
Burish broke his hand while blocking a shot in Game 4 of the first round, and the Sharks originally ruled him out for the duration of the second round.
He recorded a goal, two assists, and 25 penalty minutes in 45 games during the regular season, mostly playing on the fourth line.
In the lineup tonight, Burish will look to play a key role in forcing a Game 7. The Sharks are already without the scrappy Raffi Torres, who was suspended for the series against the Kings for a supposed “dirty” hit on Jarrett Stoll, so they will count on Burish to provide some toughness and energy.
“He’s a feisty player, he’s a very good right-handed faceoff guy, he kills penalties, he adds a physical element to our game, and he’s got a past that he can reference in this situation,” head coach Todd McLellan told NHL.com. “He’s been there with a team that’s won the Cup, and I’m sure they faced adversity through their run and he can bring that into the locker room.”
The Sharks will hope that Burish can bring some Stanley Cup magic to San Jose, but first, they must fight off two do-or-die elimination games against the Kings.
Game 6 is tonight at 5 PM.