Another Day, Another San Jose Sharks Injury
Is it just us, or are there more severe hits in the league this year? Tommy Wingels is the latest Shark to be taken out of a game because of a hard hit by an opponent.
During Thursday's (literally) last-second 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, Zdeno Chara caught Wingels with what looked like a high hit at the end of the first period. There was no penalty called, but Wingels struggled to retrieve his balance as he slowly made his way back to the bench. He would not return to the game.
Coach Todd McLellan was asked about Wingels after the game, and he didn't seem to be too worked up over the hit. He told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that he didn't see much of the hit because of the angle, but reiterated,
"You know what, every time somebody is hit now we quickly run to the video and we analyze – was it legal, was it illegal? It's a hard game, and it's played by hard players that have to get involved physically night in and night out… They have to take some lumps, too. We have to give some lumps, we have to take some lumps. If it's dirty, I think it should be severely dealt with. If it's hard hockey, than so be it."
Are the Sharks Headed Down the Same Road as '12-'13?
The Sharks dominance has waned over the past couple games. In last year's 7-0 start, they appeared unstoppable early on, then everything went off the rails.
What do the Sharks need to avoid the slide? The key is to stay healthy. With major players like Brent Burns and Dan Boyle off the ice, the team doesn't quite have the leadership and familiarity that makes them successful. Yes, they have an incredibly deep bench, but remember that this bench consists of very young, green players. Tomas Hertl at 19, started off scorching hot, but after a fancy goal controversy, and a couple of rough hits, his production has cooled. Matt Nieto skates like a demon, but he hasn't been able to find the back of the net in a couple games. In fact, the scoring machine seems to have broken down for all the Sharks players. But, when the team is mostly healthy and they have the leadership of Boyle and Burns on the ice, everything seems to fall into place.
Now for a small piece of good news. Dan Boyle took the ice yesterday for the first time since the Lapierre hit on October 15. He spoke briefly with press after practice, saying he doesn’t remember the hit, nor being taken off the ice, and specifically refused to take Lapierre’s apology call after his hospitalization.
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