Saturday, April 16, 2011
Sharks, Kings make lineup changes
By Pierre LeBrun ESPN.com
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose Sharks rookie Justin Braun filled in for injured defenseman Ian White in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Kings.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan had said Satuday morning that either Braun or veteran Kent Huskins would take White's spot in the lineup.
White spoke for the first time Saturday since taking a hit from behind from Jarret Stoll in Game 1, a hit that resulted in a one-game suspension for Stoll.
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"You're a little foggy in the head and headaches from time to time," White said. "I'm not an expert on concussions but I could definitely say it's not a major one."
White described himself as day to day. He also didn't hold any ill will toward Stoll. The two players have traded text messages since the hit.
"You hate to see anyone suspended unless they're someone who is a notorious bad boy on the ice," White said. "It's unfortunate both ways. If a couple of different steps were taken on the ice I'd still be playing and he'd still be playing. That would have been the best-case scenario. But I guess [if] you do something like that in this day and age, you're going to get reprimanded."
Kings coach Terry Murray confirmed that Oscar Moller would replace the suspended Stoll in the lineup for Saturday night's game.
Originally the Kings announced Friday they were recalling John Zeiler from AHL Manchester to replace Stoll, but due to a waivers technicality Zeiler was not recalled. So Moller, a healthy scratch in Game 1, gets to play and will center the fourth line.
"I found out this morning," Moller said after Saturday's morning skate. "I'm really excited about going in."
Meanwhile, the Sharks' Jason Demers responded Saturday after Murray raised eyebrows Friday by saying Demers' hit on Ryan Smyth in Game 1 was five times worse than Stoll on White.
"I was just finishing a hit," Demers said. "I may have caught him off guard and that may have made it look questionable but I thought it was clean. I thought he was just falling back and I fell on him. From my point of view the refs got it right."
No penalty was called on the play.
Pierre LeBrun covers the NHL for ESPN.com.