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Royal revenge? Sharks to face Kings for first time since Brown-Hertl hit

Jan 27, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

Tonight, San Jose will take on Los Angeles for the first time since Kings captain Dustin Brown sidelined Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl on Dec. 19 — and to hear the Sharks tell it, the incident is still fresh in their minds.

“Intensified [the rivalry] a bit, I think,” Tommy Wingels said, per CSN Bay Area. “We weren’t happy, and I certainly wasn’t with the way things were handled, and the play itself.”

Here’s the incident in question:

Brown was tossed for kneeing, so the Sharks had no opportunity for retribution during the game. Hertl underwent knee surgery shortly thereafter and has been sidelined ever since, and there’s still no clear timetable on his potential return.

Following the game, Brown said the referees got the kneeing major call wrong, which prompted Sharks GM Doug Wilson to say he was “disappointed” in Brown’s lack of concern for Hertl.

This is just the latest chapter in what’s become a very heated rivalry between the California clubs. The two engaged in a spirited seven-game series last postseason, which included a number of barbs (see here and here) and Raffi Torres‘ huge hit on Jarret Stoll, one that got Torres suspended for the duration of the series.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Strange how Torres gets a 2 min penalty, Stoll injured for remainder of secod round and Torres suspended.
    Brown knees Hertl, gets a major and has no suspension. While Hertl is out the rest of the year.

    Now before we start the Torres is a pos blame game. Switch the jerseys from Brown to Torres with all of Browns “accidental” hits. Are they dirty, cheap and suspend-able then?

    Hope Brown has to answer the bell with Brown on the Sharks. Too bad he will just turtle to the ice as soon as the gloves come off.

    • sjsblitz - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      I’d rather see Thornton v Brown

      • btlpper68 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Couldn’t agree more, one of our star players should pound him

    • pirovash88 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      But Torres is a POS..

    • kaptaanamerica - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Everyone knows what the Kings do with turtling, aka Nolan, after hitting or trying to take out the other team’s star players. brown will take cheap shots and play dirty unless put in their place. i doubt he engages with Thornton unless he attacks him while he isn’t even ready to go. then he’ll claim he stood up and answered the bell.

      I’d like to see Sharks players start to pound guys on the kings third and fourth lines into submission, so the 1st and 2nd line players know that their mates will pay the price for their stupidity in kneeing or playing dirty.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        just to be clear the ‘he’ i’m referring to is Brown engaging Thornton when he doesn’t even expect it. The same way, the weasel, J Toes did when Thornton wasn’t even ready or expecting to go.

  2. btlpper68 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Wether you like it or not acidental or intentional you hurt a star player you better be ready to respond

  3. valoisvipers - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    IDK. They both had their legs sticking out.Hockey play gone bad.

  4. btlpper68 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Brown no one is buying your acident crap, your dead tonight

    • pirovash88 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      If you’re gonna throw out a bs comment like that, at least know the difference between “your” and “you’re”..

  5. bgle85 - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Freak Accident, Doesn’t matter San Jose will win a bunch of regular season games, then as usual loose in the playoffs………….Go Kings Go

  6. blomfeld - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM


    maybe now our Kings can finally wake up to smell the coffee and realize that the idea is to put pucks in the opposition’s net … Planet of the Apes hockey is for ‘losers’ which we’ve now recently become … what really angers me however is the utter ‘squandering’ of heroic play by goaltenders Quick & Jones, which is always an unfortunate by-product of choosing to play ‘monkey’ hockey … last night the Canucks give up four goals but still scored five to win ! … that’s what we need, not a bunch of UFC crap … so come on you guys, let’s put some pucks in the net ! … if nothing else, then let’s do it for our ‘unflappable’ goalies and for once take the load of off their shoulders !

    GO KINGS !!!


    • sjsblitz - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      *off of their shoulders

      • slysipops - Jan 27, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        tell ’em BLOMS !

      • blomfeld - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        duly noted friend …

      • blomfeld - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM


        Friends, obviously we know that the answer to that question is yes ! :) However a bigger question right now is if our ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings will decide to ‘put the boots’ to those insipid Goldfish of San Jose tonight ? Knees Schmees … I say it’s time we give these people a real ‘whopping’ which they won’t soon forget ! I’ve never been one to make predictions, however I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Kings by a touchdown ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. joey4id - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    It’s going to take a star to engage Brown. He’s no dummy. He’s not going to sit out 5 mins with a Sharks 3rd or 4th liner. He’ll make sure to take a Sharks star player in the box with him. He’ll just keep the gloves on like he did vs Nucks until a star player like Keysler challenged him. Now that is how you even things up. He’ll drop them against Thornton, Marleau, or Pavelski.

    • tdaveniii - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      He won’t drop against Thornton who would destroy him. Neither Marleau nor Pavelski will engage. I hope the Sharks focus on getting the W and if they have a big league maybe look to exact some revenge late in the 3rd.

    • charlieconway96 - Jan 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      Who is Keysler?

    • cofran2004 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Thumbs up, I hate that you’re right, but you are. This guy is dirty…. but he’s smart about being dirty.

  8. skr213 - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Sharks haven’t been a “revenge” team since the Scott Parker days. They’ll concentrate on getting 2 points. If Brown is in a position to receive a big hit, they’ll take it, but they won’t be going out of their way.

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