Brent Burns surpassed a Raymond Bourque mark

Brent Burns surpassed a Raymond Bourque mark


Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brent Burns became the first hockey player aged 38 and over in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL) to have played the most minutes since the NHL started counting ice time.

The veteran spent 54:43 on the ice against the Florida Panthers, surpassing Raymond Bourque's 53:26 on ice. April 30, 1999, during Game 5 of the first round series between the Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes.

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< p>Interestingly, Bourque broke that record at the PNC Arena in Raleigh at the time. The Quebecer had an assist on the winning goal in second overtime scored by Anson Carter. Number 77 had threaded the needle earlier at the start of the third period.

Burns also surpassed another mark during the game that started Thursday night. He became the fourth skater aged 35 and over to reach 50 minutes of use. Sergei Zubov had achieved this feat twice, in 2007 and 2008.

On April 11, 2007, Zubov was used for 55:08 in a 5-4 loss by the Dallas Stars against the Dallas Stars. Vancouver Canucks. The Hockey Hall of Famer also played 53:50 in Game 6 of the second-round series on May 4, 2008. That game ended in a 2-1 victory in fourth overtime against the San Jose Sharks.