The Kings lost team captain Dustin Brown for the better part of the final two periods of their 4-1 victory Thursday over the San Jose Sharks. Brown drew a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct after colliding with the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl late in the opening period. Brown could face a suspension from the NHL.
Or not. Predictably, opinions varied as to the legality of the play.
“It’s not the right call,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked for his view of the play, which happened at 18:59 of the first period. “No more questions about it. I saw it live and I saw two or three replays. It’s not the right call.”
Todd McLellan, San Jose coach, said when asked if he was concerned about Hertl, “Of course. He’s our leading scoring forward. It’s knee-on-knee. He didn’t return to the lineup. Am I concerned? Of course I’m concerned. I’m very concerned.”