Edler to have hearing for Hertl hit

Sharks get more balanced scoring in 3-1 win in Vancouver

Edler to have hearing for Hertl hit
October 11, 2013, 9:30 am
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Rookie Tomas Hertl is already a fan-favorite after six goals in his first three NHL games. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

VANCOUVER – Canucks defenseman Alex Edler will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Safety on Friday for his check on the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl on Thursday.

Late in the second period, Edler appeared to make contact with Hertl’s head on an attempted hit along the boards in front of the player benches. Hertl’s helmet popped off, but he remained in the game. No penalty was called.

Todd McLellan was asked about the play after his team’s 4-1 win.

“No doubt there’s contact to the head. That’s obvious. It’s how it’ll be interpreted,” McLellan said.

Hertl is the NHL's leading goal scorer with six and is tied for the league lead in scoring with seven points.

Brad Stuart served the first of his three-game suspension on Thursday. He was suspended for an illegal check to the head of the Rangers’ Rick Nash on Tuesday.