Just under seven minutes into the second period of the Kings-Sharks game at STAPLES Center on Monday night, goaltender Erik Ersberg
skated gingerly off the ice during a TV timeout and was replaced by Jason LaBarbera
The Kings PR department announced later in the game that he was removed due to a "lower body injury" and that his return was "doubtful." LaBarbera finished the game, stopping 13-of-14 shots in regulation and overtime as the Kings-Sharks ended in a 2-2 tie and entered the shootout, where LaBarbera allowed two goals on two shots and Brian Boucher
stopped 2-of-3 Kings attempts as San Jose prevailed, 3-2.
Kings head coach Terry Murray
revealed during his post game press conference that Ersberg had "pulled a groin" and said there would be further information available tomorrow after team doctors had re-evaluated the 26-year-old netminder.
Ersberg left the game with a 2-1 lead over San Jose, having stopped 10-of-11, playing in 26:39 TOI.
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