Brent Burns entered Wednesday’s showdown with Washington with 12 goals in 55 games, but he picked up two more – in less than a half-minute of play.
San Jose defenseman Brent Burns scored a career-best 22 goals for the Sharks last season, but in less than half-a-minute Wednesday, he scored two goals against the Washington Capitals to push him closer to that number for a second straight year.
On his first goal of the night (and 13th of the season), Burns uses a screen in front of Caps goalie Braden Holtby to fire home a shot from the point on the power play, just 21 seconds into the second period:
Burns’ two most recent goals still leave him a ways to catch up to the offensive pace he was on in 2013-14, when he had 22 in 69 games. But if Burns can stay healthy and play an 80-game season for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign, he’ll need nine goals in the 26 games the team has left to set a new career high.
In other words, he’ll need another couple nights – or at least, 22-second-spans – like the one he had Wednesday in San Jose if he wants to set beat his old mark.