Might need a few ice packs after this game at Levi’s Stadium. The heavy hitting has been a constant theme between the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks throughout the evening.
Take, for instance, this massive collision between Robyn Regehr and Melker Karlsson late in the second period. That’s a rather large run-in with the boards. Karlsson was shaken up but continued to battle with Regehr as the shift continued.
The two teams had combined for more than 70 hits into the third period.
Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was furious and he decided to take his frustrations out on his stick after getting beat by Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall in overtime Saturday.
Kronwall scored the winner on a backhand 36 seconds into the extra frame. Lehtonen got to his feet and chucked his stick against the end boards, narrowly missing the referee behind the net. The Stars, who restored their two-goal lead midway through the third period, lost by a final score of 7-6.
Seems appropriate that on such a large stage, Brent Burns would score for the San Jose Sharks.
His goal, with 1:04 remaining in the first period, was big. It put San Jose on even terms at 1-1 with the L.A. Kings, after Kyle Clifford opened the scoring less than three minutes in.
Burns’ wrist shot from the sideboards seemed to fool Jonathan Quick. The puck didn’t appear to deflect off anything on its way to the net. Quick got a piece of it, but not enough. That’s Burns’ 16th goal of the season. And it’s game on.
Jordan Staal began his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and that team is apparently once again interested in the 26-year-old center, who now plays for the Carolina Hurricanes, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
A move likely would not take place until after the season, though the Penguins have inquired about what it would take to obtain the Carolina Hurricane before the March 2 NHL trade deadline, sources said.
Such a move would require the Penguins to slash significant salary, as they are less than $1 million under the $69 million salary cap.
Staal signed a 10-year, $60 million contract in July 2012, days after the Penguins traded him to Carolina. Current Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford signed Staal to the deal after swapping center Brandon Sutter, defenseman Brian Dumoulin and the eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft.
The Penguins drafted Staal second overall in the 2006 NHL Draft. He played six seasons in Pittsburgh, before being traded to Carolina, where he was united with his brother Eric Staal.