To steal a phrase from Jim Carr, the radio broadcaster in the movie “Slap Shot,” the Golden Knights were real thirsty for a big, grudge-match-type victory over San Jose on Thursday.
They never got the chance.
The NHL announced Wednesday that the game scheduled to take place at SAP Center in San Jose, California, was postponed after a Sharks player entered NHL COVID protocol. No makeup date was set.
Thursday’s @SanJoseSharks vs. @GoldenKnights game postponed. https://t.co/zjfAqf2rl8 pic.twitter.com/OzMqBscPYq
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 24, 2021
San Jose forward Tomas Hertl was included Wednesday afternoon on the NHL’s COVID protocol-related absences list.
“Despite having only one player currently impacted, the decision to cancel the team’s practice and training activities on Wednesday and postpone the game on Thursday was made out of an abundance of caution,” the Sharks said in a statement.
The Sharks canceled their practice Wednesday morning at Solar4America Ice in San Jose without an explanation, and their practice facility was closed.
The Knights practiced at City National Arena, and coach Pete DeBoer said during his media availability the team would proceed as if the game was taking place as scheduled.
Shortly after the media availability concluded, the league announced the postponement. The Knights will practice Thursday at City National Arena instead.
There was no schedule change for the Knights’ game at Anaheim on Saturday. The Ducks had no players in NHL protocol Wednesday.
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