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Hertl takes ‘maintenance day’ after big collision

Oct 13, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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Tomas Hertl has gotten off to a tremendous start, but the 19-year-old rookie has already faced some injury scares.

He absorbed a hit to the head from Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler on Thursday and collided into Ottawa’s Clarke MacArthur during last night’s contest.

There were fears that Hertl’s head might have again been hit as a result of the play and he left the game as a result. However, Sharks coach Todd McLellan downplayed the injury following the contest and said that Hertl’s shoulder was the greater area of concern than his head.

All the same, Hertl missed Sunday’s practice for maintenance purposes, according to NHL.com. Brent Burns skipped the team’s practice for the same reason.

McLellan previously warned that Hertl might stay off the ice today and there’s still time for him to recover before Tuesday’s contest against the St. Louis Blues.

Meanwhile forward Adam Burish has suffered a setback in his attempt to return from a lower-body injury and also missed Sunday’s practice.

  1. skr213 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I’ve seen in other articles people getting all over this kid for skating with his head down – that was the case in the Edler hit, but here, he simply stumbled and fell into the hit. That’s not skating with your head down – it’s just bad luck and being a little stronger on the skates.

  2. hosewater2 - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Wimp. Ok if you’re over 40, not at 19.

  3. LampyB - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    It wasn’t a “hit to the head” get your facts straight and stop making news up. Mcclellan even was quoted saying hertl’s shoulder is the reason for the scare. Sick of hearing its is head when the replay you keep posting doesnt even show this.

  4. LampyB - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I saw that you mentioned mcclellans words. So why continue to open the article with hertl’s head injury?

  5. shamu1the1whale - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I hope Hertl’s ok! Really hope he can get back to the ice and show us more of his super goal-scoring skills!

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