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Sharks F Tomas Hertl to miss Game 3 with lower-body injury

San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, right, skates off the ice after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final series Monday, May 30, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl, right, skates off the ice after the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final series Monday, May 30, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)  (The Associated Press)

The San Jose Sharks will be without top-line forward Tomas Hertl for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Coach Peter DeBoer said Hertl will miss Saturday's game with a lower-body injury. Dainius Zubrus will return to the lineup for San Jose with Melker Karlsson likely moving up to the wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

Hertl scored one of San Jose's three goals in the series against the Pittsburg Penguins. His absence will make coming back from a 2-0 series deficit more difficult. DeBoer says Hertl has arguably been the Sharks' best player during the first two games.

Hertl has six goals and five assists in 20 playoff games this season.