Brent Burns padded his pocket book Sunday by helping the Pacific Division win its second three-on-three tournament at the NHL All-Star game in three years.
The Sharks defenseman recorded three points as the Pacific Division knocked off the Central Division and the Atlantic Division by matching 5-2 scores en route to a $1 million payout for the 11-man team in Tampa, Fla.
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Burns collected a goal and an assist in his team’s win over the Central Division in the first round of the single-elimination tournament.
The 32-year-old helped set up a tic-tac-goal that gave the Pacific Division a 2-1 lead at 6:57 of the second half. Burns got the play started by sliding a cross-ice pass over to Connor McDavid who found James Neal in the slot for a five-hole goal.
The reigning-Norris Trophy winner added a goal with 1:22 remaining in the second half, scoring into an empty net after the puck slid off his stick.
“I was trying to make a move and then I lost the puck and it went in,” Burns told NBC Sports.
Burns grabbed his third point of the afternoon in the final, picking up the only assist on Rickard Rakell’s breakaway goal at 7:24 of the second.
The five-time all star led the Pacific in ice time in both games, logging 8:24 in the first game and 8:21 in the final. He recorded a combined three shots on goal in the tournament.
Vancouver Canucks rookie Brock Boeser earned the tournament’s MVP honors, scoring two goals and recording an assist. Boeser also won the accuracy shooting contest at the Skills Competition Saturday.
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The Atlantic Division earned a spot in the tournament’s final by knocking off the Metropolitan Division 7-4 in the opening round.
Burns also played a key role in the Pacific Division’s win in the inaugural three-on-three tournament at 2016 NHL All-Star game when former-Shark John Scott won the MVP award in memorable fashion.
The Sharks blue liner said the best part about All-Star weekend is sharing the experience with his “little guy”, Jagger Burns.
“He’s in the room, he’s hanging out with the guys, he’s learning new words that aren’t great with the moms at home,” Burns told NBC Sports, “It’s awesome.”