Hertl scored his first goal of the year Tuesday against the Isles, tying the game late in the second period of what turned out to be a 3-2 win. He finished plus-2 with two shots on goal.

The Sharks had blown a 1-0 lead by allowing two second-period goals, but Hertl's tally with 1:57 remaining in that middle frame turned the momentum back the other way. He's off to a bit of a quiet start, having notched two points in four games, but Hertl's top-line assignment has included significant power-play time, and it's clear to any observer that he has the talent to capitalize in those situations even though he hasn't yet.

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