Stefan Noesen had seen enough, and apparently Brent Burns had, too.
The Sharks' defenseman is in his 16th NHL season, and has played in all 82 regular-season games in each of the last five. While Burns is an exceptional athlete, he also owes part of his longevity to the veteran savvy he has developed along the way.
Mario Ferraro is in his first NHL season. The Sharks' rookie defenseman has no such veteran savvy to rely on, so after watching the youngster get dangerously run into the boards by Calgary Flames forward Milan Lucic -- for the second time in a week -- in San Jose's 6-2 loss Monday night, Burns thought it best to share some valuable experience with Ferraro so that he might be able to last in the league as long as he has.