With 43 points, the Wild's Brent Burns entered Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks one point from setting a career high and one point from breaking the team record for defensemen scoring he shares with Marek Zidlicky.
But it was clear Burns couldn't care less.
"You don't really think about that stuff now," Burns said before the game. "I'm just trying to play well night after night and win. Winning is the big thing. We haven't been doing a lot of that and we want to get back to the feeling we had a couple weeks ago when everything was great.
"We need some bounces, and for that to happen, it's an attitude and a way of working."
When things are going well for the Wild, Burns is Mr. Happy Go Lucky. He hasn't been that way lately, not with the Wild's three-game losing streak heading into Thursday's game.
Burns and his teammates were all business Thursday morning as they try to rediscover what had made them so successful in January and February.
"Look at our team, we don't have that guy who's going to score 40 goals or 50 goals, but we have a lot of guys who lay it on the line every night," Burns said. "We have to do that to win. We know that. It's a matter of having everybody do it. When you work hard like that and you do good things, the atmosphere feels good and the wins follow."
Burns' strong play in the first half earned him a spot on the All-Star team, but his game has been erratic in the second half.
Wild's Burns seeks consistency
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 18