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Hannan, Kennedy score in SJ victory over Devils

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 24, 2013 at 1:01 am •  Published: November 24, 2013
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brent Burns kept waiting to see a replay of his shot that struck Martin Brodeur in the back of the neck and left the New Jersey Devils goalie flat on his back on the ice.

"It's pretty scary seeing a goalie go down like that," Burns said after the San Jose Sharks edged the Devils 2-1 on Saturday night. "I didn't think I hit him, but I got worried when there was no replay that I might have hit him. He's a legend of the game."

Brodeur, who stopped 28 shots, was struck after he turned his back to the play as Burns tried to sneak the puck past him.

Brodeur threw up his left leg to block an attempt from Burns, and then collapsed on the ice for a few minutes with his arms and legs extended.

"Usually you don't turn your back to the guy shooting the puck," Brodeur said. "It was like an electric shock through my body. It went really quick through my legs, my feet and my fingers.

"I wasn't sure. I had never felt that before, and that's why I didn't move. When I got up I felt a little dizzy but I guess that's normal."

Brodeur was attended to by a trainer and was able to get up and remain in the game, before being pulled moments later for an extra skater as New Jersey pressed for the tying goal.

"I was kind of upset there because I wanted to get one off of him," said Burns, who earned an assist in his second game after missing 13 because of an injury.

Brodeur said he felt fine and was just sore where the puck hit him. He expected to be examined by a doctor.

Scott Hannan and Tyler Kennedy scored first-period goals, and Antti Niemi made 18 saves for the Sharks, who have won five of six.

"We talked after the first period that they tend to get stronger later in the game," Sharks center Joe Thornton said. "They played well and made it close in the third. At this point we're happy to get the two points."

Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who had a season-high, three-game winning streak snapped.

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