Sharks win 6th straight

San Francisco Chronicle - - SPORTS - By Ross McK­eon Ross McK­eon is a free­lance writer. Twit­ter: @rossm­ck­eon

Brent Burns’ night started by get­ting two an­te­lope for his off-sea­son ranch in Texas. It ended with the league’s lead­ing scorer on de­fense col­lect­ing the game-win­ning goal.

Thanks to his big night and 27 saves from goalie Martin Jones, the Sharks ex­tended their win­ning streak to six games with a 4-1 vic­tory over the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors at SAP Cen­ter on Satur­day.

“A while back we were talk­ing about our game trend­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” Sharks cap­tain Joe Pavel­ski said. “We started win­ning two, three in a row. Lately we’ve been able to turn three into four or five in a row.”

Burns was in­spired from the start fol­low­ing a pregame cer­e­mony to rec­og­nize his 1,000th game, which he played Dec. 27. His im­me­di­ate fam­ily was on the ice, and his son Jag­ger was al­lowed to skate through the gi­ant Sharks’ head at the out­set of the night with Burns’ team­mates.

“I can’t say enough about the en­tire Sharks or­ga­ni­za­tion for what they did for my fam­ily,” said Burns, who padded his points lead with a goal and as­sists. “That’s one of the best mo­ments of my life and his life to share.”

Jag­ger is get­ting used to hang­ing with the big boys. He was on the ice for por­tions of the 2016 NHL All-Star Week­end skills com­pe­ti­tion in Nashville. And now this.

“He had a few good one­lin­ers,” Burns said of his son. “He said since he was in the All-Star Game he should be able to skate a few shifts. I’m go­ing to have to knock him down a cou­ple pegs.”

His dad helped to knock Ot­tawa down after both teams started slowly with a score­less first pe­riod. The game’s first goal didn’t come un­til Pavel­ski col­lected his team-lead­ing 26th late in the sec­ond pe­riod.

De­fense­man Bren­den Dil­lon made a poised play to carry the puck through cen­ter be­fore dish­ing to To­mas Hertl just in­side the Ot­tawa line on the boards. Hertl slipped a short pass to an on­rush­ing Pavel­ski, who found a soft spot in the Se­na­tors’ de­fense.

From the in­side edge of the left cir­cle, Pavel­ski picked the top far cor­ner on goalie An­ders Nils­son at 17:57.

“We’ve had five games in eight days, games against some good teams, some emo­tional wins and ev­ery­thing that goes along with it,” Pavel­ski said. “It was good to get a lead and play with it and that’s be­cause of Jones.”

Burns scored his ninth goal of the sea­son at 6:17 of the third pe­riod to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. His drive from the right boards below the hash marks was in­tended for team­mate Kevin Le­banc, but car­omed off Ot­tawa de­fense­man Chris­tian Jaros and past Nils­son.

The vis­i­tors struck back quickly, how­ever, when at 6:44 Ryan Dzin­gel scored his 18th goal with a wrist shot from the slot after San Jose for­ward Mar­cus Sorensen failed to get the puck out of the zone.

But Joe Thorn­ton scored his ninth goal of the sea­son at 15:43 of the third and Melker Karls­son’s eighth goal filled an empty net at 18:39.


Sharks for­ward Joonas Don­skoi sus­tained an up­per-body in­jury in the first pe­riod and did not re­turn. … Burns also re­ceived a large sil­ver hockey stick and a large shark tooth dur­ing the pregame cer­e­mony.

Pho­tos by Scot Tucker / As­so­ci­ated Press

Sharks cen­ter Joe Thorn­ton, right wing Kevin La­banc and de­fense­man Brent Burns cel­e­brate a Burns goal. San Jose ex­tended its win­ning streak to six con­sec­u­tive games.

Sharks goal­tender Martin Jones turned away 27 of 28 Ot­tawa shots Satur­day night at SAP Cen­ter in San Jose.

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