How Brent Burns won the 2016-17 Norris Trophy

LAS VEGAS – Brent Burns. Fashion icon. Man-bun enthusiast. Descendant of Chewbacca. And now James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman.

This season Burns set a San Jose Sharks franchise high in goals (29) and points (76) by a defensemen. Burns was the only nominee that received points on every single ballot received from the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

On stage, Burns went out his way to thank the other nominees, Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman. He pointed out Karlsson’s incredible saucer pass during the playoffs, and laughed saying his coaches probably wouldn’t be too happy if he did the same thing.

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Joe Thornton leaves game with possible leg injury (Video)

One of the worst things that could happen to the San Jose Sharks happened on Sunday night: Joe Thornton suffered a leg injury.

In the final minutes of the first period against the Vancouver Canucks, Thornton skates into the back of Michael Chaput while chasing down the puck.

Thornton’s knee appears to make contact with the side of Chaput’s leg.

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Martin Jones goes old school in OT to save game (Video)

In overtime, Tobias Rieder had the game on his stick. No question about it.

He encountered one slight problem … Martin Jones.

Shane Doan and Reider were in on a two-on-one against Marc-Eduard Vlasic. Doan passed the puck perfectly to Rieder who sets it up in his wheelhouse and tickets it for the top corner.

The San Jose Sharks netminder went old school with a push off windmill stack of sorts only to snare the puck with his glove.

What you don’t see is the reason Vlasic was all alone.

In the neutral zone, Doan gives Joe Thornton a nice elbow to the face. Jumbo was not thrilled and gave the officials a piece of his beard at the next stoppage.

The Coyotes went on to win the game in the shootout.

Lawson Crouse’s dad is JACKED to see son fight (Video)

Normally seeing one of your loved ones getting in a fight might bring you pause.

Well, you’re not a hockey dad. More specifically, you’re not a hockey dad on the Arizona Coyotes dad’s trip in a group that includes former pugilist Ty Domi.

In Max Domi’s second game back from injury, he wasn’t about to throw down with any of the San Jose Sharks.

No problem though. Lawson Crouse has filled in just fine while Max has been out.

Case and point: Crouse throws down with Brendan Dillon in the first period Saturday night.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 6: Best fan reactions on Twitter

Oh fellow puck heads. You never disappoint us.

Right as the Pittsburgh Penguins started shaking off their gloves and mobbing Matt Murray on the ice, the tweets commemorating the night started rolling in. Here are some of our favorites for both the winners and losers.

And we saved the best for last. He may not have won the Conn Smythe, but he’s the MVP of our hearts.

• The most amazing yet at the same time terrifying tweet of the night.

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• Crying Jordan in video form. There are no words.

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NBC, Sharks pay their respects to Gordie Howe (Video)

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, the NHL opted to move the tribute to Gordie Howe to the beginning of the second period.

Given what we’ve read and heard about Mr. Hockey in the days since his passing, we don’t think he would mind at all. Heck, we doubt he would even expect anyone to pay tribute to this self-described ‘really lucky old farm boy.’

On the scoreboard before the drop of the puck, a brief video played for the crowd in San Jose and the audience at home with former teammates and colleagues speaking about Howe’s legacy.

Players stood and tapped their against the boards and on the ice to show their appreciation of Howe. Fans cheered as they collectively thanked Mr. Hockey for all he contributed to the game.

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NHL pays tribute to Orlando victims with moment of silence (Video)

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It’s become an all too familiar tradition to have a customary moment of silence before games following a tragedy.

On Sunday night in San Jose before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, it was no different.

Perhaps it was the rawness of the shooting in Orlando happening not even 24 hours ago. Perhaps it was the the number of the victims and survivors. Whatever the reason, the normally raucous hockey crowd stayed completely silent for the entirety of the moment of silence.

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In the wake of senseless tragedies such as the one in Orlando, we feel so helpless. We look to sports as a distraction for a few hours from the harsh realities of the world around us.

Stanley Cup Final Game 5: Puck Daddy’s Postgame Awards

(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some postgame awards.)

First Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

If it wasn’t for the goaltender, the Sharks would be done and gone. After giving up two goals in 22 seconds in the first, he did the proverbial ‘standing on the head’ to keep his team in it making 44 saves. Check out what could be one of his highlight reel ‘Saves of the Stanley Cup Final’ on Nick Bonino.

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Worst Star AND Best way to jinx a win: NBC

The U.S. rights holder went all in for the introduction to the game, waxing nostalgic about the athletes and champions from the city of Pittsburgh, and how the Penguins would be the first champions since the 1960 Pirates to claim the title in their own city. Mind you, the puck hadn’t even been dropped yet.

It took them approximately five minutes to mention the other team that happened to be playing.

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Stanley Cup Final Game 4: Puck Daddy’s Postgame Awards

(Ed. Note: We’re changing things up for the Stanley Cup Finals. Instead of writing Three Stars as we normally do on game night, we’ll be handing out some postgame awards.)

First Star: Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins

Phil had 9 shot attempts (4 shots on goal, 5 attempts blocked) against the Sharks. He collected two assists. His first was on Ian Cole’s goal. Then he had a beauty of a pass on the power play to Evgeni Malkin to put the Pens ahead by two.

If he’s not already on top of your Conn Smythe list, he should be pretty darn close.

Worst Star: Martin Jones, San Jose Sharks

He faced 20 shots total. We’ll give him a pass on the Malkin goal because that was just an incredible play. The goal he gave up to Cole in the first period was a MASSIVE rebound he kicked directly to him. Eric Fehr isn’t a sniper by any means but Jones helped him look that way. Just an off night in the solid playoff run of Jones.

Best dressed fan?

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Metallica slays national anthem at Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final (Video)

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The eight time Grammy Award winning band Metallica are Bay Area residents and long time San Jose Sharks fans. They’re often seen at games and taking part in the customary ‘door opening’ for the team that before each game

The Sharks honored the band in January 2015 with ‘Metallica Night.’ Before Game 4, the band had the opportunity to pay its forward on hockey’s biggest stage.

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