Sharks’ Hertl says he won’t require surgery for injured right knee

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Specifics about the knee injury that kept Tomas Hertl out of the last four games of the Stanley Cup Final haven’t been revealed, but it appears he won’t have to undergo surgery, according to multiple reports Monday.

The 22-year-old Hertl had been enjoying an impressive post-season performance, playing on a line with Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton.

However, he was hurt on a Patric Hornqvist hit late in Game 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and didn’t play another game in the series.

From CSN Bay Area:

Tomas Hertl doesn’t need surgery on the injured right knee that kept him out of the final four games of the Stanley Cup Final. The 22-year-old, wearing a large brace, limped his way into the dressing room on Monday to speak with the media on team getaway day.

Hertl said that he suffered the injury late in Game 2 of the series in Pittsburgh after a run-in with Patric Hornqvist with approximately five minutes left in the third period.

In 20 post-season games, Hertl scored six goals and had 11 points.

The Sharks were never able to cope with the speed of the Penguins, who had dominant stretches throughout the series before winning the Stanley Cup in six games.