Martin Havlat won’t be playing in Game 2 Friday night against the Canucks after leaving Game 1 with an injury.
Not surprisingly, the Sharks aren’t disclosing any details about Havlat’s injury. He skated in just five shifts for 3:16 of ice time in Wednesday’s series-opening win before exiting the game midway through the first period.
Replays showed Havlat getting a stick to the man region by Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa, but it’s unclear if that’s the cause of Havlat’s injury. Bieksa was apparently playing stupid when pressed about the incident after the game, per David Pollak:
“I don’t remember that,” Bieksa said when a reporter brought up the hit on Havlat. “I don’t remember.”
A second attempt to spell out the hit midway through the first period on Havlat’s final shift before leaving with an injury got the same response.
“I don’t know,” Bieksa said. “I’ll have to watch it over again to see what you’re talking about.”
Video of the incident:
Raffi Torres will reportedly replace Havlat on the second line with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. Tim Kennedy is one candidate who could take Havlat’s spot in the lineup. He’ll likely get the nod over Scott Gomez, who’s still recovering from, yep, an undisclosed injury from last week.