SAN JOSE -- Sharks forward Adam Burish underwent a medical procedure Wednesday after injuring his hand blocking a shot the previous night in San Jose's 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
Neither details of the repair work on a damaged finger by team surgeon Dr. Arthur Ting nor a timeline for Burish's recovery and return was available. Sharks coach Todd McLellan said after Tuesday's win that Burish likely would not be in the lineup for a while.
Burish, 31, missed the first four months of the season recovering from back surgery after he was hurt in a preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks. He returned to his customary fourth-line energy role Feb. 7 and had no points in the 14 games he played.
After blocking a shot by Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry at 14:05, Burish skated directly to the Sharks' locker room, clutching his left hand and in obvious pain.
The Sharks are expected to recall forward Freddie Hamilton from Worcester to take Burish's place in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets. Hamilton, who has 19 goals and 37 points in 54 games with Worcester, played in 11 games with San Jose earlier this season and is still looking for his first NHL point.
The team had the day off Wednesday, so there was no update on Logan Couture's status for the Winnipeg game as he deals with an injury suffered when he also blocked a shot Monday night against the Calgary Flames. The puck hit Couture in the vicinity of the ankle, and he skated only one shift after that, sitting out the Edmonton game as well.
Couture is considered day to day.
Sommer, an Oakland native, has been given a significant share of the credit for the progress of current NHL players such as Joe Pavelski, Couture, Justin Braun and Jason Demers over his 16 years behind the bench. Some 104 players have made their NHL debut after being coached by Sommer.
"The way he's wired is to make players better -- not just as players, but as men," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said.
Sommer has won 571 of the 1,257 AHL games he has coached and tied 48 others. While his teams have reached the Atlantic Division finals twice during the last five years, his value to the organization is judged more on the improvement in players than the won-lost record.
The Worcester Sharks beat the Portland Pirates 5-3 on the road in Sommer's milestone game.
But McLellan played down the showing against the Oilers after the game as well as his team's place on the list.
"The numbers aren't that important. It's when they come and how they come," he said of power play goals. "We've had nights like this, and it just didn't go in. We finally got a reward for playing the same way we have."
Winnipeg (32-32-9) at Sharks (47-18-9), 7:30 p.m. CSNCA