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Sharks' Burns among top playoff scoring defensemen

Tied for ninth all-time in points at position in single postseason

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Defenseman Brent Burns joined select company when he assisted on the San Jose Sharks' two goals in their 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Consol Energy Center on Monday.

Burns has six goals and 16 assists in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games. His 22 points are tied for ninth on the single-season list for playoff points among NHL defensemen.

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The record for points by a defenseman in the playoffs is held by Hockey Hall of Fame member Paul Coffey, who had 37 points (12 goals) in 18 games with the Edmonton Oilers in 1985.

With a maximum six games remaining this postseason, Burns is four points away from sole possession of fourth place. Hockey Hall of Fame members Ray Bourque (1991) and Denis Potvin (1981) are tied for fourth with 25 points.

Burns ranks fifth among defensemen since the playoffs expanded to four best-of-7 rounds in 1987.

POINTS LEADERS BY DEFENSEMEN, SINGLE POSTSEASON

37 (18 games) -- Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, 1985)*

34 (23 games) -- Brian Leetch (New York Rangers, 1994)*

31 (22 games) -- Al MacInnis (Calgary Flames, 1989)*

25 (19 games) -- Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins, 1991)

25 (18 games) -- Denis Potvin (New York Islanders, 1981)*

24 (15 games) -- Bobby Orr (Boston Bruins, 1972)*

23 (17 games) -- Ray Bourque (Boston Bruins, 1983)

23 (23 games) -- Larry Murphy (Pittsburgh Penguins, 1991)*

22 (19 games) -- Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks, 2016)

22 (19 games) -- Paul Coffey (Edmonton Oilers, 1984)*

* -- won Stanley Cup

Burns is tied with Sharks captain Joe Pavelski for second in points during the 2016 playoffs. Teammate Logan Couture leads the League with 25.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). The Penguins lead the best-of-7 series 1-0.

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