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Sharks coach McLellan out for Tuesday game

The Sports Xchange

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan continues to suffer concussion-like symptoms after being struck in the head by a hockey stick over the weekend and won't be on the bench when the team plays Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Assistants Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcraft will continue to share the coaching duties in McLellan's absence, as they did after McLellan was injured by the inadvertent strike from a stick during the second period of Sunday's game against Minnesota.

In a statement, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said McLellan is getting better but has yet to be medically cleared to return to the bench.

"Todd continues to make progress in his recovery from the stick incident in Minnesota on Sunday evening but is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms," Wilson said. "Thus, he will not be behind the bench until cleared by doctors to resume his coaching duties. While Todd will continue to provide his input on the team, we have full confidence in the abilities of assistant coaches Matt Shaw and Jay Woodcroft to lead the team in Todd's absence. Our main concern at this point is for Todd's full and complete recovery."

McLellan was knocked unconscious after being hit in the head by Marco Scandella's hockey stick after the Minnesota defenseman was checked into the boards along the Sharks bench by forward Jamie McGinn.

McGinn is now with Colorado after being traded on Monday.

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