SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks rookie forward Tomas Hertl scored his NHL-leading seventh goal of the season 55 seconds into the game Saturday night against Ottawa, but he was injured with just over two minutes left in the second period in a collision with Clarke MacArthur and immediately left the ice.
Hertl was bent over with his head down, battling for a puck, when he and MacArthur collided. He was still being evaluated by the medical staff when the third period began and his return was called questionable.
Hertil was hit in the head by Alex Edler during San Jose's 4-1 victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. The NHL suspended Edler for three games for the hit.
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
— Boston forward Jarome Iginla on his return to Calgary, where he played for 16 seasons