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Hertl Had Kidney Stone Surgery on Monday, Played on Thursday

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Tomas Hertl had surgery Monday, then played on Thursday.

Tonight, after the San Jose Sharks’ 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins, the alternate captain revealed why he missed Monday’s game.

At the time, San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn said his star center suffered a “mid-body injury” at home.

It turns out that Hertl had a kidney stone, which he had surgery for on Monday.

“It was a pretty shitty situation. It was pretty painful,” Hertl said. “But I felt good for tonight.”

Good news, Hertl should make a full recovery from this surgery, and quickly, hence being able to play just three days after.

Unfortunately, Hertl, who had been playing some strong hockey, couldn’t get the San Jose Sharks going tonight.

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Hertl played his regular shift, leading all forwards on both sides with 22:08, but it wasn’t his most dangerous performance, especially on a two-minute 5-on-3 power play where the Sharks mustered zero shots. Going into tonight, he was averaging 20:56 a game, 11th among all NHL forwards.

“After four days of doing absolutely nothing, your legs get stiff,” he said.

Hertl looked no worse for the wear at least, and should be available to suit up tomorrow against the New Jersey Devils.

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