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Brent Burns provides the power for San Jose in Game Two; Jones, Couture, Zubrus and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.

HEROES

Brent Burns - San Jose's shot-launching blueliner scored two goals in a 4-0 Game Two win at St. Louis. He's second in playoff scoring with 18 points (6 G, 12 A) in 14 games, easily best among defencemen.

 

DEFENCE PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS

 

PLAYER

TEAM

GP

G

A

PTS

Brent Burns

San Jose

14

6

12

18

John Carlson

Washington

12

5

7

12

Kevin Shattenkirk

St. Louis

15

2

9

11

Victor Hedman

Tampa Bay

12

4

7

11

Roman Josi

Nashville

14

1

8

9

Kris Letang

Pittsburgh

12

1

8

9

 

Burns is a weapon on the Sharks power play, firing (many) more shots per minute than any other defenceman (minimum 20 5-on4 minutes) in the playoffs.

 

DEFENCE PLAYOFF 5-on-4 INDIVIDUAL SHOT ATTEMPTS/60 LEADERS

PLAYER

TEAM

GP

PP iCF/60

Brent Burns

San Jose

14

59.3

Keith Yandle

N.Y. Rangers

5

37.6

Roman Josi

Nashville

14

32.1

Colton Parayko

St. Louis

16

31.9

Shea Weber

Nashville

14

30.9

Martin Jones - San Jose's goaltender stopped all 26 shots that he faced in Game Two, raising his playoff save percentage to .923 in 14 games.

Logan Couture - The Sharks centre assisted on two San Jose goals, maintaining his lead in the playoff scoring race, with 19 points (7 G, 12 A) in 14 games.

Dainius Zubrus - San Jose's veteran winger contributed a goal and an assist in Game Two, his first playoff points since 2012.

ZEROES

Steve Ott - Playing a game-low 5:07, the Blues agitator had game-worst possession stats (4 for, 11 against, 26.7 SAT%) and took an undisciplined (no, really!) penalty in the second period.

Carl Gunnarsson and Colton Parayko - The Blues defence tandem struggled to get out of their own end (4 for, 9 against, 30.8 SAT%) in Game Two.

Jori Lehtera - Held without a shot attempt in 13:01 of ice time in Game Two against San Jose.

STANLEY CUP HALF FULL/HALF EMPTY

Vladimir Tarasenko - The Blues winger couldn't find the net on any of his 10 shot attempts (6 SOG) in a 4-0 Game Two loss. His day wasn't bad overall, however.

 

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Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.comcorsica.hockey,stats.hockeyanalysis.com www.hockey-reference.com and www.naturalstattrick.com

Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca