One day after returning to his regular spot at right wing on the fourth line for practice, Adam Burish received the news Sunday from San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan he was hoping to hear. Burish is back in the lineup.

Burish hasn't played since breaking his right hand in Game 4 of the Sharks sweep of the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

But he'll be in the lineup Sunday night for Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinal series against the Los Angeles Kings at HP Pavilion. The Sharks trail 3-2 in the series and face an elimination game for the first time in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"The plan is I'm going to play," Burish said. "Unless something changes. Unless I eat some bad chicken."

Burish will skate on a line with center Andrew Desjardins and left wing Bracken Kearns. He'll also spend time on the penalty kill.
"I think that Adam and [Desjardins] have been two of our better penalty killers," McLellan said. "Throughout the year we've been able to automatically go to that pair at any given time. He's a right-handed guy in the faceoff circle, which helps take some of the pressure off Joe Pavelski and some of the minutes off him in that situation.

"He's a veteran player who's won a Stanley Cup [with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010] and has played in this situation before. That fourth line hasn't had that type of presence in this series yet. He can help the other two getting through some of those moments."

Burish said he plans to play with emotion and energy, like he always does. He's not worried about crossing the line.

"That's probably a challenge I have every time I play," Burish said. "So it's probably no different other than it just being a bigger game. It will be fine. I've played in big games before. I've played in games that are important like this before. I know what to do. I know what I'm doing. But will I be excited? Heck yeah, I'll be excited.

"I've been wanting to play for the last two weeks. It sucked not being able to play and having to watch and not being able to help these guys. It will be fun being back out there."

Burish said he can't wait to take his first shift since May 7.