Jarret Stoll returns to practice
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll returned to practice Saturday for the first time since May 14, when San Jose Sharks left winger Raffi Torres knocked him out of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals with a hit to the head.
Torres was later suspended for the series by the NHL.
Stoll skated with his teammates and was involved in several no-contact drills after skating Friday for about 15 minutes for the first time since he was sidelined. Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he was encouraged by Stoll's progress but said the center will not play in Game 6 and there is still no timetable for his return.
"It is what it is; he's got a brain injury," Sutter said. "It's not funny. He's got a brain injury. He can't play. It's unlike any other injury. You can't play with that. It's very simple."
Sutter said team doctors are monitoring Stoll's progress and symptoms and how he handles his gradually increased workload in practice, but he cautioned Stoll is still not close to returning.
The Kings flew to San Jose after Saturday's practice and will try to close out the series against the Sharks at HP Pavilion on Sunday night. The Kings are just 1-10 in their last 11 road games but understand the importance of not allowing the series to go to a Game 7 on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
"When you have a team down, you want to step on their throats," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "It's having that killer instinct. It's something we had last year. It's just breaking their will and doing everything you can to put doubt in their mind."