Tomas Hertl

Hertl stunned by Sharks' failure to ‘protect' Blackwood after slam

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NASHVILLE – At the outset of training camp, there was so much emphasis by the Sharks to have a better start to this campaign after beginning last season 0-5-0.

The Sharks now are 0-4-1 this season after dropping a 5-1 decision to the Nashville Predators on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.

Tomas Hertl scored the Sharks’ lone goal, but he wasn’t celebrating. Instead, after the game, the alternate captain was hot at his teammates for letting Filip Forsberg body slam Sharks goalie Mackenzie Blackwood late in the game without any repercussions.

Forsberg (No. 9) literally jumps on a loose puck after Blackwood was clipped by Roman Josi (No. 59). In Forsberg’s defense, he’s already in the air when the whistle is blown. The goal would be called back for goalie interference.

However, what galled Hertl and Sharks coach David Quinn was more that Forsberg could get away with this affront without nary a protest. Forsberg's ex-teammate Matt Benning, alternate captain Mario Ferraro, Kevin Labanc, Jacob Peterson, and William Eklund were just milling about the scene.

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