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Burns out after knee-on-knee hit: “I thought I was going to throw up”

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San Jose Sharks Brent Burns grimaces in pain as Edmonton Oilers’ Ales Hemsky, left, collects a kneeing penalty during third period NHL hockey action in Edmonton on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Ulan)


San Jose defenseman Brent Burns won’t play tonight when the Sharks face the Flames -- he’s out with a charley horse after going knee-on-knee with Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky last night.

Hemsky received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit (TSN reports he won’t be suspended) while Burns was forced to deal with...nausea.

“It didn’t feel too good on my part,” Burns told CSN Bay Area. “At the start you don’t feel very good. I thought I was going to throw up.”

Potential barfing aside, Burns said he was feeling better today and head coach Todd McLellan said the injury isn’t as severe as first thought. That’s welcome news for a depleted Sharks squad that’s already without Ryane Clowe (face), Martin Havlat (hamstring) and Tommy Wingels (upper body).

As for Hemsky, Burns didn’t seem to hold a grudge.

“It happens. It’s a quick game, it’s a quick reaction,” he said. “I’ve been on the other end. It’s not his fault. I know that.”