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Adam Burish jokes about room, ex-mates

Updated: November 16, 2011 11:18AM

DALLAS — Leave it to Adam Burish to bring a smile to his ex-teammates’ faces.

Burish, who was a scratch from the Dallas Stars’ lineup with a groin injury, had a few friendly shots for his friends on his former team.

“I could take [Patrick ] Kane and [Patrick ] Sharp with one groin,” Burish said. “I’m gonna rest up and embarrass them in their own building.”

Burish said he expects to play Saturday night against the Hawks in their home opener. He also revealed a little extra motivation for when he  sees Sharp on the ice — or off it, for that matter — saying the Hawks winger “tornadoed” his room when the teams crossed paths in San Jose last season.

“They got into the hotel before we checked in, and my key was out there, so he went and took my key and tornadoed my room before I even got there,” Burish said. “I couldn’t figure it out at first. I was like, ‘What the heck happened? How’d somebody get into my room?’ I was the first one off the bus because I was going to mess with someone else’s room. . . . Somehow our paths are going to cross, and I’m going to mess his stuff up pretty good.”

When confronted with Burish’s accusation, Sharp let a grin creep over his face.

Happy in ‘Big D’

Burish wasn’t the only former Hawk having fun with his ex-teammates. Jake Dowell, who signed with the Stars in the offseason, said he and John Scott exchanged a few texts.

“I told him to leave me alone [on the ice],” Dowell said.

Dowell acknowledged that it was tough last season being the lone Hawk called on to fight or provide a physical presence with his friend Scott not in the lineup half the time.

He said he was happy to hook on with the Stars, but also admitted to wondering why the Hawks let him go and brought in so many guys who play a similar role.

“I was a little surprised with it, but that’s just a decision that was made,” Dowell said. “They wanted a group of different guys to get in there and bring the toughness and the grit, and I guess that’s just how it goes. Everybody moves on, and that’s part of the game.’’

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