Dany Heatley looks back at the waning seconds of that crucial April 3 game in San Jose and says he probably would have done the same thing.

“It was just a battle in front of the net with a defenseman which you get into a million times” Heatley said of his nasty clash with former Sharks teammate Marc-Edouard Vlasic. “I just kind of tripped up and landed funny.”

Heatley’s spill left the Wild winger with a torn labrum and required season-ending surgery on his left shoulder. He doesn’t blame Vlasic who called to apologize.

“It’s hockey” Heatley said.

Heatley’s absence affected the Wild. Say what you want about the aging Heatley — he admits he’s not the same Dany Heatley who was Rookie of the Year All-Star Game MVP first-team All-Star and two-time 50-goal and 100-point scorer — but he’s still a big body who can score from anywhere.

Example: That same game in San Jose. Heatley tied the score with a shot taken from near the Wild bench.

After Heatley’s injury the Wild won only five times in 12 games and went from division leader to nearly missing the playoffs. After Heatley’s injury the Wild scored five power-play goals in 17 games including the playoffs. Heatley has scored 139 career power-play goals most in the NHL since he entered in 2001-02 and 360 career goals fourth in the league over that span.