Sharks’ depth winger injured in first period vs. New York Islanders

Jonah Gadjovich was injured early in the first period of the San Jose Sharks’ game with the New York Islanders on Thursday at UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y.

Gadjovich was skating out to the blue line inside the Sharks’ defensive zone when he blocked a shot from Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson. The puck appeared to go off the inside of Gadjovich’s left leg, and he struggled to put any weight on the leg before he fell to the ice.

Gadjovich remained down for several seconds as he was tended to by head athletic trainer Ray Tufts. Again, as he was helped off the ice by his teammates, he was unable to place any weight on the leg.

The Sharks said before the start of the second period that Gadjovich would be doubtful to return.

Gadjiovich’s place on the Sharks line with fellow winger Kevin Labanc and center Jasper Weatherby was first taken over by Noah Gregor, and then later by Matt Nieto.

Gadjiovich, who was claimed off waivers by San Jose from the Vancouver Canucks before the start of the regular season, was playing his 13th game for the Sharks. He has one assist and has averaged 9:58 of ice time per game.

New York opened the scoring just 64 seconds into the first period on a goal by Mat Barzal, who beat goalie Adin Hill high blocker side with a shot from the faceoff dot to the left of the Sharks’ net.

The Sharks got that goal back with 10:50 to go in the first, as Nick Bonino scored his third in five games off a pretty pass from Jonathan Dahlen just after a goaltender interference to Jean-Gabriel Pageau had expired.

The Sharks were playing the third game of a five-game road trip that continues with games Friday against the New York Rangers and Sunday in Columbus with the Blue Jackets. The Sharks started the trip with wins over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

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