Adam Oates rips Tomas Hertl for scoring between-the-legs goal

Tomas-Hertl-SharksEveryone has been buzzing about San Jose Sharks rookie phenom Tomas Hertl over the past week, and deservedly so. The 19-year-old has scored six goals in his first three NHL games. He bypassed the hat trick on Tuesday night and scored four goals in a 9-2 win over the New York Rangers. The fourth one rubbed some people the wrong way, most notably Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates.

Hertl’s incredible between-the-legs goal gave the Sharks an 8-2 lead. Since his team was up 7-2 at the time he netted the crowd-pleaser, Oates felt Hertl was simply showboating.

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“I’m upset. I was just talking to (Capitals GM George McPhee) and he said all the kids do that nowadays, which I understand,” Oates said, according to The Washington Post. “But would he have done it on his first goal? He hasn’t scored yet tonight and he gets a breakaway, is he going to do that on his breakaway? We’ll see.

“I think it was a little bit of a mood thing, which I’m sure they talked about, because they didn’t play him after that. I’m glad the coach did that because this league, it will bite you if you’re not sharp. Don’t disrespect the league. I’m sure it was a rookie mistake.”

Hertl did not play for the final eight minutes or so of the game after scoring his fourth goal. That could have been simply to avoid injury and let him call it a night, or it could have been because Sharks coach Todd McLellan was concerned that some of the Rangers would feel the same way Oates does about the fancy goal.

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“Great move, don’t get me wrong — it’s a shootout move or something, and it’s great,” Oates added. “I’m glad the way San Jose treated it. As long as he doesn’t disrespect the league. The league’s hard.”

Hertl is obviously an incredible talent. That means opponents are going to be gunning for him whether he scores goals between his own legs or not. Personally, I feel that it’s a team’s job to stop allowing so many breakaways if they don’t want to be scored on nine times. Oates should be blaming the Rangers.

H/T Deadspin

Tomas Hertl girlfriend is Aneta Netolicka


San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl is the next big thing. The 19-year-old scored four — that’s right, four — goals in Tuesday night’s win over the New York Rangers. One of them was probably one of the sickest goals you will ever see in your life. After the game, the rookie was interviewed by CSN Bay Area while the puck bunnies swooned behind him.

Sorry ladies, the young stud from the Czech Republic is taken. Hertl’s girlfriend is the lovely miss Aneta Netolicka. She and Hertl’s mother were at the SAP Center in San Jose on Tuesday to watch the youngster’s breakout performance:

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Sharks puck bunnies swoon during Tomas Hertl postgame interview (Video)

Tomas Hertl puck bunnies

This Tomas Hertl fella is going to be a killer. A killer goal-scorer on the ice, and a lady killer off of it. I mean this guy is already a heartbreaker.

After the San Jose Sharks 19-year-old rookie scored four goals in Tuesday’s win over the New York Rangers, he was named one of the stars of the game and interviewed by CSN Bay Area. The Czech teenager’s English isn’t very good, but he was able to say enough to make a few Sharks fans sitting behind the glass swoon like a couple of girls in the malt shop listening to a crooner.

Watch Hertl say “this is dream” and make a couple of young ladies absolutely melt:

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Tomas Hertl scores goal between his legs (Video)

Tomas HertlTomas Hertl is wasting no time showing everyone the talent that made him a first-round pick of the San Jose Sharks. The 19-year-old rookie scored four goals against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, including a beautiful goal where he went between his legs.

Hertl now has six goals in three games and has helped the Sharks start the season 3-0. He’s the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to score four in a game.

Below is video of the goal:

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