Haley was given a match penalty for the incident. He was hit into the boards by Jarnkrok and immediately retaliated, dropping the Nashville Predators forward with one punch as a melee ensued.
Jarnkrok was penalized for boarding on the hit.
DeBoer had an interesting take on the incident.
“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” he told reporters.
The Sharks have now lost six in a row, after a 7-2 defeat to the Predators. The Oilers defeated the Avalanche on Saturday, which puts San Jose into a three-way tie with Anaheim and Edmonton at 91 points for first place in the Pacific Division.
In two games this weekend versus Dallas and Nashville, the Sharks were outscored 13-3.
It gets worse.
“You can’t replace him, so it would be really tough,” said Patrick Marleau of Couture. “But if that is the case, then guys are going to have to pull up the slack. Definitely we hope he’s back sooner.”