One reason the Sharks signed Adam Burish last summer was his playoff experience with the Chicago Blackhawks during their 2010 Stanley Cup run.

Thursday, the Sharks said he won't play in the next round because of an upper body injury suffered in their series-clinching victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Burish was slashed near the wrist by Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler at 16:35 of the second period and did not return to the game.

"He brings an element of experience, grit, tenacity so we're going to miss him," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said, "but we've been able to recover from other injuries so far throughout the playoffs."

Burish, who averaged 10:27 ice time per game during the Vancouver series, is one of five Sharks with a Stanley Cup ring and is known more for his role as an agitator than a scorer.

"It's a tough loss," teammate Dan Boyle said. "He's one of those guys that doesn't usually show up on the score sheet but having played against him, he gets under other guys' skin.

"He sort of got under mine when he was with Chicago. You kind of need that going forward."

McLellan said he expected Burish to still have a role with the team in the next round, drawing from his past playoff experience to support other players.

"I think that can still happen," the coach said. "You don't have to be wearing the uniform to do that."