Sharks' Wingels offered Brown a chance to fight

Sharks' Wingels offered Brown a chance to fight
January 28, 2014, 12:30 pm
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Tommy Wingels claims he offered Kings captain Dustin Brown two chances to fight in Monday's game in San Jose, but was turned down both times. (USATSI)

Programming note: Sharks-Edmonton coverage begins Wednesday at 6 p.m.with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California

SAN JOSE – Tommy Wingels offered Dustin Brown a chance to drop the gloves on Monday. Twice.

Both times, Brown declined, according to the Sharks’ forward.

“I guess he doesn’t want to own up to it,” Wingels said on Tuesday. “There’s many other opportunities, right?”

Brown was booed by the Sharks’ home crowd just about every time he touched the puck in the Kings’ 1-0 win. It was the first time the Kings captain played against San Jose since he tore up rookie Tomas Hertl’s knee on Dec. 19, with a knee-on-knee hit.

[RECAP: Kings end Sharks' six-game win streak]

The Sharks play the Kings once more this season, at SAP Center on April 3. If the playoffs started today, they would be first round opponents.

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Raffi Torres said he will “maybe” play before the Olympic break, and has skated every day for a week. Torres has not played this season, since undergoing right knee surgery after tearing his ACL in a preseason game on Sep. 20.

Logan Couture is also nearing a return from a right hand injury, but neither Couture nor Torres will play on the Sharks’ two-game road trip in Edmonton Tuesday and Calgary Wednesday.

The Sharks have six games remaining before the break, which begins after a home game with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 7.