5 things we learned in the NHL: Sharks bury Bernier

Brent Burns was a beast Saturday. He showed off his hands when he undressed Nazem Kadri with a move that shocked the Leafs forward, and then embarassed Dion Phaneuf by speeding around him before tucking the puck top shelf on Jonathan Bernier.

The Sharks put up seven on the Maple Leafs, Subban couldn’t care less about snapping his goal-scoring slump, Karlsson continues to show a lot of Hart, and more in 5 things we learned in the NHL.

Maple Leafs hung Bernier out to dry

The Toronto Maple Leafs may have kept pace with the San Jose Sharks through two periods by the fancy stat count, but the final score told a much different story to the naked eye.

The Maple Leafs took a beating to the tune of a 7-0 loss to the Sharks Saturday night.

Brent Burns kicked off the scoring explosion at 4:18 of the second period, blowing by Dion Phaneuf and roofing one on Jonathan Bernier for his 17th of the season. It was a rough night for Bernier, who wore all seven goals.

Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock defended his goaltender, and the decision to continue to run with him in his post-game press conference.

It had been a few years since Babcock was behind the bench for such a lopsided loss.

Saturday’s thumping caps a three-game West Coast road swing for the Maple Leafs, who head home 1-2 to host the Columbus Blue Jackets next Wednesday.

Subban scored in frustrating loss

P.K. Subban pulled the Montreal Canadiens even with the Pittsburgh Penguins just over midway through the second period Saturday night, scoring his second goal of the season — and first in 34 games — en route to a 3-1 loss.

The Canadiens defencemen did not hold back his frustration in the post-game scrum.

“I couldn’t give a s*** about my f****** first goal in however long,” Subban said. “It doesn’t f****** matter.”

The Canadiens have won just five games since Dec. 1, squandering what was once a commanding lead in the Atlantic Division.

Karlsson is not human

Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson is a two-time Norris Trophy recipient. The 25-year-old Swede is drawing some mid-season Hart Trophy consideration right now and any objections will not be heard.

Karlsson played 32:57 in the Senators’ 2-1 overtime win over the Boston Bruins Saturday night, assisting on both Ottawa goals. He simply does not tire.

Karlsson finished the game with plus-16 in on-ice shot attempts for and plus-9 in on-ice scoring chances for (all numbers 5v5 via war-on-ice.com). He also recorded four blocked shots.

Not of this world.

Ovechkin closing in on 500

Alex Ovechkin is one goal away from 500 for his career, scoring Nos. 498 and 499 in a 4-3 overtime win over the New York Rangers Saturday afternoon.

The Washington Capitals sniper made Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi pay for a gaffe in his own end, taking a tape-to-tape pass and burying it past Henrik Lundqvist for No. 498. Oops.

No. 499 would be the overtime winner, and whoa boy was it something to behold.

Braden Holtby made a game-saving stop and Ovechkin burned through all three Rangers on the ice to move within one goal of the 500.

The best pure goal scorer in the world.

Domingue made Coyotes history, Duclair scored a beauty

Arizona Coyotes rookie goaltender Louis Domingue picked up his sixth win in eight starts to lead his team to a 4-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators Saturday night.

Domingue made his mark in Coyotes history, becoming the first rookie to win three straight games.

Anthony Duclair will be appearing in highlight shows for the foreseeable future thanks to this filthy goal he scored in the dying seconds versus Nashville.

The Coyotes sit in second place in the Pacific Division at the midpoint of the 2015-16 season, just like we all drew it up.

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