Thursday night’s game at the Staples Center turned out to be a brutal loss for the San Jose Sharks, losing to the Los Angeles Kings 4-1. Despite just losing the points, Sharks lost rookie star Tomas Hertl late in the first period. Kings Captain Dustin Brown was forced to leave the game after a knee on knee hit which caused Hertl to leave the ice and head to the dressing room. At the time, no one knew how serious it was except one statement from coach Todd McLellan stating that it’s “not a good thing.”
Today it seems that Tomas will be out at least a month. Details haven’t been given but more should be known soon. “He’s our leading (goal) scorer,” McLellan said. “He didn’t return to the lineup. Am I concerned? Of course I am. Very concerned.” According to Kevin Kurz, Hertl received an MRI earlier today and is still awaiting the results.
After Hertl’s injury, the Sharks failed to score on the power play which followed. This set the pace of the game. The first period remained scoreless, but the Kings gained a 2-0 lead in the second with goals by Alec Martinez and Tyler Toffoli. The third continued terribly for the Sharks with the Kings jumping ahead by four with additional goals by Jeff Carter and Dwight King. It was almost a shutout, but luckily Patrick Marleau was able to sink one in the back of the net before play stopped.
Honestly, goalie Antti Niemi was not on point throughout the game. But the goalie can’t make the team and additional players weren’t at the top of their game either. “Nemo is like some others on our team, some go-to guys that have to step up and bring their ‘A’ game a little bit more,” McLellan said. “He knows that, we know that, his teammates know it. But we’re talking about one individual that wears the pads. The focus can’t just go on him.” Another top player who continues to struggle is Logan Couture who has only two goals in the last 17 games. These top guys need to start performing if there is any chance to get back to the top of the division. Hopefully this loss will push the boys to step up their game and will Saturday against the Dallas Stars.
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