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“Having played in this league a long time…when I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice. He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player, is disappointing.”
“It’s the game of hockey. You play a playoff series, you play hard, guys battle, they fight, people get dinged up. At the end of the series, what do people do? They shake hands. As I said, all I know is Gordie Howe, one of the toughest, most physical guys that ever played, found time to come in and check on me. It’s a part of the game that I think makes our game the game that it is.”
-Doug Wilson, GM of the San Jose Sharks. Wilson was disappointed Dustin Brown of the LA Kings did not 'check-in' on Tomsa Hertl after his hit on him last week. More from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.
The San Jose Sharks could be without the services of rookie forward Tomas Hertl for an extended period of time.
Roman Jedlicka of Czech TV network TV Nova Sport reported on Friday morning that the 20-year-old could be out for a month. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie corroborated the report and added that Hertl's spell on the sidelines could last even longer than that.
Hertl sustained an apparent knee injury when he was hit knee-on-knee by Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown in Thursday night's 4-1 loss. Brown was assessed a five-minute major on the play, as well as a game misconduct.
The 2012 first-round pick is a heavy Calder Trophy favourite, leading all rookies in goals (15) and points (25) in 35 games played.
Review the hit here...
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Dustin Brown was assessed a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct for a knee-on-knee collision with Tomas Hertl that took the San Jose forward out of the game.
The severity of Hertl’s injury was unknown immediately following the game....
On a review of the play, it was Brown’s back leg, not his lead leg, that made contact with Hertl. Though Brown plays an edgy, physical role for the club and is the only King to have been suspended since the formation of the Department of Player Safety in the summer of 2011, this contact appeared to be purely a coincidental collision of two legs occupying the same spot at the same time, and a five minute major did not appear to justified.
Darryl Sutter agreed in his postgame media availability.
“I’m sure you guys saw it up there. What did you guys think of it?”
“You lose a player for almost the whole game when you’re in this type of schedule – that is not the right call. Clear. No more questions about it. I saw it live and I saw two or three replays. It’s not the right call.”
read on for Todd McLellan's reaction and watch the hit below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Anaheim Ducks (.736), Los Angeles Kings (.714) and San Jose Sharks (.706) were all top five in points percentage through Wednesday morning, signaling perhaps one of the greatest seasons ever for California teams since the three have been in the league.
Right now, all three are vying for the Presidents' Trophy; all three are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders. Put some hockey tape on those surfboards, dudes.
"It's been great," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf told ESPN.com this week. "We haven't played a lot against each other yet, that's the thing that's going to be real exciting down the stretch is having all three of us right in the hunt and playing for big positions going into the playoffs.
"I think California has done a great job backing these hockey teams and the fans getting on board and creating the buzz around here."
All together, the Cali clubs are a combined 68-22-15 this season. Gulp.
"We're all pretty experienced teams," veteran Kings center Jarret Stoll said. "San Jose has had a big, core group of guys there for a long time, Anaheim same thing, and I'd say same with us. So it's experienced guys, big, physical teams.
"We're all similar teams in a lot of ways and all three of us playing pretty consistent hockey right now. And all three teams are getting contributions from everybody. I'd say more or less the same thing going on with all three of us."
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
The Wild paraded to the penalty box and the Sharks capitalized with three power-play goals on seven chances to send the Wild off into the chilly North California night reeling after a 3-1 loss at the Shark Tank.
“It must be nice to draw penalties like that,” coach Mike Yeo said, sarcastically, “when the other team goes stick on puck and you kind of hold your head.”
Yeo was referring to Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart, who whipped his head back like he was shot when checked by Justin Fontaine in the first period. Yeo felt replays showed Fontaine’s stick was at Stuart’s waist.
“To me that’s embarrassing,” Yeo said. “I don’t know. I guess we’ve got to ask our players to embellish more.”...
Wild center Zenon Konopka was nailed for a double-minor high-stick even though his lumber didn’t come close to hitting defenseman Jason Demers. It was actually Sharks center Freddie Hamilton who clipped his teammate.
Yeo said the referee “just shrugged.”
“I told him it was not my stick. It’s their stick,” Konopka said. “I don’t him, ‘You’re making the wrong call. It wasn’t my stick.’ Of course they score on it.”
more on the game...
added 9:21am, You have to think Yeo was not happy with this hooking call on Matt Cooke either, scroll to the :19 mark of the video below...
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
The Sharks were denied a win over the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 10 when an overtime goal by Marleau was waived off by a referee who said Tommy Wingels made incidental contact with netminder Ondrej Pavalec.
But when Parise fired in a rebound at 3:55 of the second period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead, the goal was allowed to stand even after Minnesota forward Jason Pominville fell on Niemi.
"Completely different interpretation of what was explained to me in Winnipeg," McLellan said of the response he got after complaining about the goal. "I'll be looking for an explanation before we lose our third point now."
Niemi said he expected that goal to be disallowed.
"Yeah I think I was bumped. I'm not sure where it happened or if they did it on purpose or not, but it affected the play, for sure," said Niemi, who added that the official told him he was outside the crease at the time -- something that usually isn't a factor.
more on the game and watch the Parise goal below...
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
My take is that an attacker is given a distinct and unfair advantage over the goalkeeper on most of these "stop and go" type maneuvers. While it might be entertaining for fans during an All-Star Game Skills Competition where there is little on the line except bragging rights, a regular season shootout is worth a point in the standings. Shootout wins can make a huge difference in the final standings for playoffs.
The integrity of the final standings is being compromised by circumventing the spirit of Rule 24 through unfair advantages shooters are being given over the goalkeepers. Short of a rule change, the referees should be empowered to kill the play whenever they determine (with their naked eye) that the puck has not been kept in motion towards the goal as the current rule states.
It would take a large measure of courage on the part of the refs to make that call, in addition to support offered from a Hockey Operations Dept. that has set the existing standard.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The game-winning shootout goal by Joe Pavelski featured a nifty move where he applied the brakes in front of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, then fired a quick shot that he couldn’t stop. The puck never stopped moving forward, but whether Pavelski did was subject to debate.
As was whether that mattered.
The Ducks were unhappy, but they weren’t exactly sure whether they were entitled to be.
“We don’t [know the rules]. That’s the problem,” Ryan Getzlaf said afterward. “Everything’s interpretation. I can’t even make a comment on it because I don’t really know what the rule is. Whatever they think is the rule that night.”
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau knew the rule – puck must keep moving forward, but not necessarily the player – but allowed as to how his view of it would change based on what side of the shot he was on.
“I thought he stopped,” Boudreau began. “It’s not a vague rule but it’s a weird rule that you are allowed to stop but the puck is not allowed to stop. He came to a dead stop, but they OK’d it in Toronto.”
more on the game... and watch the shootout goal below...
Hiller, to Marleau, to Thornton back to Marleau...
The Vancouver Canucks were 01:05 from shutting-out the San Jose Sharks, but with the Sharks goaltender pulled, Hertl scored to tie the game at 1.
In OT, Henrik Sedin was called for a hook, if you want to call it that, and the Sharks scored to win the game.
John Tortorella post-game and highlights (nice standing O too for Gordie Howe) below....
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