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Sharks vs. Blues live stream: How to watch NHL playoffs Game 6 online

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Sharks vs. Blues live stream: How to watch NHL playoffs Game 6 online

It all comes down to this for the Sharks. So far, not so good. 

Tuesday had a tough start for San Jose. First, Tomas Hertl and Erik Karlsson were ruled out for Game 6 of the Western Conference final against the Blues, with captain Joe Pavelski being a game-time decision.

And then ... a fight? Well, kind of. Sharks forward Lukas Radil and backup goalie Aaron Dell were seen getting into a skirmish to end the morning skate. 

The Sharks have won two Game 7s already during this postseason run. Now, they hope to force another one.

[RELATED: Sharks have big hole to fill with Hertl out for Game 6]

Here's how to watch Game 6 between the Sharks and Blues on TV and streaming live online, as well as pregame and postgame coverage on NBC Sports California Plus.

When: 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, May 21, on NBC (Sharks Playoff Live starts at 4 p.m. on NBC Sports California Plus)
Live Stream: NBC Sports appfuboTV -- Try a free trial (MyTeams by NBC Sports app for pregame/postgame)

Sharks' Tomas Hertl vows to be 'better than before' after knee injury

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Sharks' Tomas Hertl vows to be 'better than before' after knee injury

Tomas Hertl stood before the media just a few weeks after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee and vowed to be ready by Sharks training camp. That seemed a bold proclamation at the time, a promise his rehab should let him live up to.

The All-Star center provided a progress report on his physical condition during a Thursday video conference with the media, saying he’ll be ready for the 2020-21 campaign even if it starts as scheduled in October.

Dropping the puck on time seems highly after the NHL hit pause on the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic and announced plans to pick it back up with a modified, 24-team playoff format. That could push next season farther into the winter, allowing Hertl to downshift his rehab some and focus on getting strong over getting back on the ice.

“I can do almost anything,” Hertl said. “I am able to run, not full speed, but I can do almost everything I was doing before. I was actually surprised about that after not even four months. If we knew the season was starting in October, I would probably start skating in a few weeks. If there’s extra time it might help me, but I think I would be ready for the season even if it starts when it always does. I should be 100 percent ready for next season whenever it happens.”

[RELATED: Sharks' path back to Stanley Cup contention filled with major hurdles]

Well in line to keep his initial promise, Hertl went a step further Thursday by saying he’s not just looking to regain previous form. He wants to improve upon it.

That would be good news for the Sharks and continue the 26-year old’s steady ascent as a top-shelf player. He has improved considerably in recent seasons while beginning to maximize great talent, becoming a vital component of the Sharks attack.

Hertl considers this latest knee injury was a speedbump, not a permanent roadblock. He has dealt with knee issues before and always come back strong. This experience, he says, should be no different.

“I feel like I have proved the past couple years that I can be one of the top players, one of the top centers on the team,” Hertl said. “I want to keep working on that. I have had some setbacks, but I’m not scared about it. I always come back. The experience has made me stronger. I am taking [this rehab] like another challenge.

“I was named an All-Star and it was a great experience for me, and it makes me want to go back. I want to be there for my team, and that’s why I have been working every day for four months even with the season so far away. My next goal is getting back and being better than before. I know I can do it. I have to give it everything I can to get back.”

Evander Kane signs petition for officers' arrests after George Floyd's death

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Evander Kane signs petition for officers' arrests after George Floyd's death

Sharks winger Evander Kane signed and tweeted a petition Wednesday calling for the Minneapolis police officers who were fired following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man, to face prosecution.

The petition, initially shared by the super PAC known as Action PAC, advocated for Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman to press charges against officers Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng in the wake of Floyd's death in police custody Monday. Video captured by onlookers showed Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on Floyd's neck for around eight minutes while arresting him.

Floyd died soon after being taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, police said Tuesday. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Tuesday that the four officers had been fired, and police said the FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension would be investigating the incident. The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said Tuesday that all four officers are fully cooperating with the investigation and that "[now] is not the time (to) rush to judgment and immediately condemn our officers."

On Wednesday, police used tear gas on Minneapolis protestors for the second day in a row during demonstrations following Floyd's death. Professional athletes and coaches, in the Bay Area and elsewhere, have expressed outrage at Floyd's death -- and police brutality against African Americans -- in the last two days, joining Kane and Frey in calling for the officers to face criminal charges.

Kane tweeted Tuesday that Floyd's death made his "[f---ing] blood boil."

The 28-year-old has increasingly spoken out against racism in hockey within the last year. Kane is one of just 43 players of color in the NHL, according to WDET, who account for fewer than five percent of the league's players.

Former NHLer Akim Aliu, whose revelation that Bill Peters directed racial slurs towards him in the AHL led to the Calgary Flames firing the coach late last year, penned a piece in "The Players Tribune" earlier this month outlining his experience facing bigotry at every level of his hockey career. Kane tweeted the piece May 19, imploring everyone who works in and/or follows the sport to read it.

"I actually read a tweet yesterday saying, you know, 'Stop crying, Akim. You just weren't good enough,' " Kane recalled last week in an interview on an episode of TSN's "In Depth" centered on racism in hockey. "And I'm thinking, 'Well, clearly, he was good enough.' He played in the NHL. He was actually at a training camp in Atlanta my second year ... but that's the furthest from the point.

"This isn't about Akim being good enough to play in the National Hockey League, or not. It's about while he was playing in [the American Hockey League] or while he was playing in the OHL, he encountered racism. Whether that happened yesterday or happened 10 years ago, it makes no difference."