The San Jose Sharks lost Martin Havlat back in Game 1 of their series against the Vancouver Canucks, and he triumphantly returned to the Sharks lineup this weekend against the Los Angeles Kings. But the return was short lived as Havlat lasted just six shifts before leaving the game and he’s now been ruled out for Game 4 on Tuesday night.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan said forward Martin Havlat won’t play in Game 4 Tuesday. lower-body injury. Couture credited training and (more)
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It sounds like Havlat re-aggravated his groin injury that kept him out of the Sharks last five games before Game 3 this weekend. If he’s lost for more than just a single game, the Sharks could find themselves in a situation that prohibits them from advancing in the postseason.
To the contrary, Havlat played meaningless minutes in Game 3 and exited early on. Despite that, the Sharks powered back to beat the Kings in overtime which means if he’s lost for the rest of the series, the Sharks might be alright without Martin Havlat in the lineup.
After struggling to find offensive production through the first two games of the series though, the Sharks can use any extra shooters they can and the full fallout from Havlat’s absence won’t be totally realized until we’re looking back in hindsight.