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Sharks beat Wild on game-winner from Brent Burns; coach Bob Boughner says season is ‘slowly getting better’

The Sharks turned some early-season blues into a joyous night of hockey on Sunday, with Brent Burns’ go-ahead and game-winning goal, which was a thing of beauty. San Jose’s record now sits at 3-3 early in the campaign.

Here’s what rising star Ryan Donato had to say about the game-winner, Burns’ 40th such goal in his career.

That’s about as nice of a compliment as you can get. Here’s the play that was so filthy, courtesy of the Sharks’ official Twitter account.

The Sharks had been having trouble setting up near the crease, but Burns took care of that when San Jose needed it most. Along with inspired physical play against the Wild Sunday and solid play in goal from Martin Jones, it added up to a winning formula. Perhaps this night can grow into a playoff-worthy campaign.

“I think you can see our game is growing in areas,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Jonesy made some stops at the right time. We got one on the power play, that was huge for us, and our penalty kill came up big at the end of the game. There’s a lot of good things. It’s slowly getting better.”

That’s encouraging to hear from coach Boughner. Here’s the hero of the night, Burns, in his own words after the game, courtesy the Sharks and NBC Sports. Burns’ and the rest of the Sharks will look to earn a winning record Tuesday at Colorado.

(Photo credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

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