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LOS ANGELES - Dwight King remembers the play that almost ended Alex Stalock's career.
On Feb. 4, 2011, King, now a forward for Los Angeles, was playing for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs when he crashed the net against Worcester and accidentally injured the Sharks’ goalie.
“It was obviously a quick play. I do remember falling on him,” King said Monday morning. “I was off to the side, I think he dove for a puck and I got pushed and stepped on the back of his leg.
“It’s great to see that he’s made the full recovery. … It’s good to see he’s made his way back up to San Jose, and he’s obviously done well for them.”
Stalock was helped off of the ice with a serious nerve injury behind his left leg, severely cut by King’s skate blade.
“I knew I stepped on him. I didn’t know how severe it was,” King said. “Obviously they took him off right away, and later on I heard how serious it was. It’s great that the doctors did a good job on him, and obviously rehabbed himself back to where he is now.”
Stalock was told by doctors he had a 50-50 chance of ever playing again. He underwent rehab for 11 months before making a return with the ECHL's Stockton Thunder on Jan. 21, 2012, spent the majority of 2012-13 in Worcester, and just completed his first full NHL season.
The 26-year-old will make his first career playoff start in Game 6 of the Sharks-Kings first round playoff series on Monday night at Staples Center.