SAN JOSE – Sharks forward Tomas Hertl left late in the second period of Saturday night's game against Ottawa after getting hit by the Senators’ Clarke MacArthur, and did not return.
Hertl skated immediately to the dressing room after taking what looked to be a check to the shoulder/head area with 2:14 left in the middle frame. The hit did not look particularly vicious, and Hertl was hunched over and had his head down while taking a backhand shot towards the net.
“He fell into a player,” head coach Todd McLellan said. “Basically, he was going to the net, stumbled and fell into him. He’s a little bit sore, but I think he’ll be fine tomorrow.”
When asked again about Hertl later in his postgame media availability, McLellan said: “We’ll see how he’s feeling in the morning. If he’s sore, he’s sore. We don’t play for two nights, so if he doesn’t skate tomorrow, it will give him that day to get healthy and go from there.”
Hertl’s head did appear to snap back on the hit from MacArthur, although McLellan said that the shoulder was the primary area of concern. On Thursday in Vancouver, Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was suspended three games for an illegal check to the head of the Sharks’ rookie.
The Sharks are scheduled to practice on Sunday, fly to St. Louis on Monday, and play the Blues on Tuesday night.
Hertl scored his league-leading seventh goal in the first period of San Jose’s 3-2 win, as the team improved its record to 5-0-0.