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Sharks destroy Rangers as rookie Hertl gets four goals, including absolute stunner

Oct 9, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

Hertl

San Jose’s Tomas Hertl might just be ready for life in the NHL.

After finding the back of the net twice in his second career game, the 19-year-old Czech forward followed it up with a four-goal night against the New York Rangers. That alone is such an impressive feat that it’s difficult to put into context, but his highlight reel fourth goal alone would have been enough to earn him heaps of praise.

He’s the youngest player to get four goals in a single game since Jimmy Carson in 1988, according to the the NHL Public Relations’ Twitter feed. Jamie Baker pointed out that he also became the first Sharks player to ever score five, let alone six, goals in his first three contests with the team.

But citing his statistical accomplishments doesn’t do his night justice. It would be much better to simply show you what he did:

Of course, Hertl’s night was part of a larger 9-2 slaughter of the New York Rangers. It’s a night where they can’t really take away any positives. On top of everything else, star forward Rick Nash suffered a potential concussion when he was hit by Brad Stuart.

“I have a headache,” Nash admitted, according to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks. “It got worse. It was a head shot. I’m concerned the way it feels.”

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist both felt embarrassed by what happened tonight, according to the team’s Twitter feed, but they need to put this behind them and try to bounce back on Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. At the same time, the Sharks will aim to build off of their early season momentum versus the Vancouver Canucks.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Absolutely unreal, I haven’t been this excited about a sharks player since Thornton.

    • barkar942 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      As a Ranger fan, this kid is the next Jagr. What hands!

      • dropthepuckeh - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        Why do you qualify that with “as a Ranger fan”? Can’t imagine you stake claim to Jagr as a Ranger. If you said Pens fan it would make sense….

      • drhockeysm7 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        @dropthepuckeh, you do realize that game was against the Rangers right??? So even as the “loser” of last nights game, barkar is offering up his praise for the opponent…

      • dropthepuckeh - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Sorry I didn’t see the Rangers played last night.

      • lopo - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        @dropthepuckeh I see what you did there! AHHAHAHA

  2. barkar942 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    He learned everything from this Czech idol.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I haven’t seen a team dominated another team like that in the 2nd period like the sharks did

    • stakex - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:11 AM

      It honestly looked like the Sharks were playing some random B league team they assembled from people in the stands…..

  4. sjawesome - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Teenage mutant ninja hertl, teenage mutant ninja Hertle, teenage mutant ninja Hertle, hertle in a
    Halfshel. Hertle power!

    That was incredible to see live. His mom
    Crying on the jumbo tron was
    Amazing

    • ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      alright so you inspired my new fantasy team name (picked up Hertl this AM)

      feel free to use this at your own leisure: http://oi44.tinypic.com/2uhlkeb.jpg

      • sjawesome - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        That is awesome.

    • supercoop8 - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      scored it in the top-shelf, hertl power

  5. stakex - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Man the Rangers looked terrible, and it wasn’t a fluke.They were just as bad against the Coyotes the other night, the only difference is the Sharks are a much better/faster team so the final score looks worse. If AV doesn’t get a handle on this soon, he’s going to get himself fired twice in six months.

    The Rangers schedule for training camp and the start of the season is a bit wonky, and they are also learning a new system under a new coach. One could expect them to look less then sharp…. but this? They looked like they didn’t belong in the same league as the Sharks. Horrible puck control, laughably bad passing, and a general lack of desire not to be embarrassed is what the Rangers brought to the table tonight.

    You know, Torts took a ton of heat for playing a more defensive style of hockey with a roster that was always played up as far more talented then he allowed them to be. I always argued that simply wasn’t the case, and that Torts played a more defensive game with this group because they actually lacked the skill to play a more open/offensive style of hockey…. and I think that has been on full display since AV took over. Watching the Rangers try to play puck possession hockey is down right painful. They don’t have any true puck movers, and they don’t really have many true skill players for the matter.

    What the Rangers have now is a very good defense first team, built around Lundqvist with a stacked defense and an offense filled with hard working grinders. If AV wants to play a more offenseive, puck control style hockey which the Rangers seem to be attempting… there needs to be serious roster moves. They need more offensive minded skill. Without it, the Rangers were better off keeping Torts behind the bench since he knew how to get results with what the Rangers have. Its still very early, and AV might get there…. but the early returns are in and they aren’t pretty.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:27 AM

      I loved the comments from Glen Sather about hating the dump and chase style of hockey Torts was using. “Watch the Stanley Cup Finals tonight. You won’t see either team doing that.” Yet, the Bruins are literally the team whose entire system is based around dump and chase hockey. To me that proved Sather had no idea what he wanted, what he was talking about, or how it would affect the roster he had. I think he just took a coach off a whim that he figured could play a possession game, with no thought about which system would work best with his roster of players.

      • stakex - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Yeah, Sather just took the best coach available. I do think AV could play a defensive style of hockey like Torts did, and do it well… I just think Sather is pushing for more offensive minded play. That would be great to see, but the Rangers don’t have the players for it. They need guys who are better with the puck, and have more passing ability.

        I mean look at how terrible their power play is, and it’s almost exclusively because they don’t have guys that can move or control the puck. Washington’s power play for example is on fire right now because they move and control the puck so well. They could sit there and play catch with it all day…as where the Rangers are lucky if they can complete three passes in a row without the puck ending up at center ice. That is just proof the Rangers current roster will never be the puck possession team they are trying to be without huge changes.

        The other big problem is that not only are they not picking up the offensive play at all, but the solid defensive play that could always be expected under Torts no matter how bad the offense was has all but vanished. Their defense looks far too bad for the talent they have back there. Again, perhaps these are just growing pains associated with changing the style of play many of these Rangers plays have played under their entire career so far and perhaps AV will work them through it and things will be fine. That just seems unlikely at this point.

      • kaptaanamerica - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

        When AV first got to Vancouver he employed a great defensive system and got the Canucks to the playoffs and won a roun. If he’s allowed to be can do the same with the rangers.

  6. peehergriphon - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Wow his 4th was amazing. Only 19… He has a bright future ahead of him and will be on many highlights.

  7. anthj99 - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    Wow, this guy has all the makings of the next Pat Falloon.

  8. guitarhunterdude - Oct 9, 2013 at 2:59 AM

    That was amazing. Goal of the year. Hertl’s looked way better than anything I’ve ever seen from any of my Wild’s prospects. WHY THE HELL CAN”T WE EVER HAVE ANYONE TURN OUT LIKE THAT?!?!?!?!? GOD I’m jealous.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Because THAT hasn’t happened since 198something. 99+% of them don’t score like that!

  9. Sport Follower - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    It’s an amazing achievement Tomas Hertl, congratulations!

  10. kingsfan93 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    He reminds me of Vincent Lecavalier with the slick hands, great skating, and good IQ for the game.

  11. northstarnic - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    guitarhunterdude:
    Pretty much took the words right out of my mouth. Unbelievable.
    It ain’t easy being a MN sports fan.

  12. travishenryskid - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    There were teams that took him off of their draft board because they didn’t like his agent. One of the main reasons he slid in the draft. How dumb do they look now?

  13. curioustraveler13 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    I am ordering center ice now so I can watch this kid play. This kid is an unbelievable talent. Congrats to sharks fans. I hope hertl breaks all kinds of records this year.

    • ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      sucks waiting up for the Sharks from the east coast tho. I do it every now and then because the Sharks are one of my fav West teams to watch, but I try to catch the away games as much as possible lol

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        Yea I didn’t stay up long enough to see his 4th goal, but I’m with you the sharks are one of my favorite teams in the west. I’m interested to see how both the sharks and the avalanche do out in the west. I love center ice because there rarely is a day that there isn’t a good game on.

  14. yustasayin - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Besides the newcomer Hertl, the whole Shark team looks awesome…..Yep, there’s a new sheriff in town!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      And my league laughed at me when I took Niemi as the first goalie pick this year…

      • ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

        I was able to get Niemi is the 13th round of a 10 team league lmao.

        took Quick in the 4th =X

  15. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    This is exactly what the team needed. I hope everyone can feed off of Hertl’s energy. That kid is so much fun to watch.

  16. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I’ve seen enough. Move over, Ryan O’Reilly, Hertl’s taking your spot on my fantasy team.

    • darksidecowboy - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      grabbed him myself before this happened, keep it up kid!

  17. nogoodtomedead - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Most impressive thing about that fourth goal is that he didn’t do it at a leisurely speed during a shootout- that was full speed coming down the wing with a d-man trailing him. Crazy. I’m sure I’m forgetting a goal like that here or there- but Bure was the last guy I remember pulling moves like that full speed during a game.

  18. lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I’d also like to point out that Niemi faced fewer shots than either Biron OR Lundqvist.

  19. multiplemiggs - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    hahahhah

  20. sedin3322 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Have fun with AV New York

  21. sedin3322 - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Bet you wish torterella was still there

  22. darksidecowboy - Oct 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Just Filthy, loved it!

  23. shamu1the1whale - Oct 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    That was freakin’ amazing!! I’ll bet you every team that passed on him during the Draft is really regretting it now!!!

  24. homievisual - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Ok people…let’s not get crazy…yes the goal was sweet, and I appreciate that it was done at full speed during a game. But please keep in mind, this is one of the most common “playground tricks” out there. Stick around your local rink for an hour’s worth of pick up hockey and you’re almost guaranteed to see someone not only try this, but they usually pull it off. People try this and the old “pick up the puck and tuck it in” move that the Michigan player made famous and the tricks have been around for so long that almost everyone has tried it and several have practiced and can do both with consistency. Not taking away from the exciting young player or the goal…just the reaction. Nice? Yes… Stunning? Maybe not. Absolutely unreal? Probably too common of a move to be absolutely unreal. Let’s save those types of comments for goals like Ovechkin scored in Phoenix while spinning backwards on his back while pulling the puck behind his head from below the goal line and putting it in–not a common playground trick that several common players have perfected. I’d expect all professionas hockey players to be able to do this move. This is like saying…oh my gosh, did you see LeBron throw the ball off the backboard to himself, catch and dunk it?! Absolutely unreal dunk! Stunning!!!

    • nflnhlrulznbasux - Oct 10, 2013 at 2:56 AM

      Great comment. The only thing I would add is that this is Game 3 or 4 for the kid. Wake me up after he scores 50 this year. And if he does it again, then I’ll be a believer.

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