Sharks mum on Havlat's injury

Published: Friday, May. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 - 2:44 pm

VANCOUVER – The Sharks put the cone of silence over right wing Marty Havlat's condition Thursday.

"It's playoffs, guys. You know we're not going to give you anything," coach Todd McLellan said. "I'll save you the headache of asking."

The questions in search of answers include the nature of the injury, what caused it and the likelihood Havlat would be in the lineup tonight for Game 2 against Vancouver.

"Getting treatments like all the other players playing in the playoffs – bumps and bruises and we'll know more tomorrow," was all McLellan said before deflecting further attempts to draw out the information.

Havlat had 3:16 of ice time in five shifts before leaving in the first game of the series Wednesday night. McLellan then slotted a number of players to fill his spot on Logan Couture's line the rest of the game, including Tommy Wingels, Joe Pavelski and Raffi Torres.

Scott Gomez is the logical player to replace Havlat in the lineup, but Gomez hasn't played since suffering an unspecified injury April 23 against the Dallas Stars. McLellan left open the possibility Gomez could be ready, but that seemed unlikely as he did not skate Thursday.

The Sharks showed up at Rogers Arena for their 1:30 p.m. practice, but only two players who played in San Jose's 3-1 win over the Canucks skated.

Senators 4, Canadiens 2 in Montreal – Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance in Game 1 of the series. Jakob Silfverberg and Marc Methot scored early in the third period to lift Ottawa into the lead.

Montreal center Lars Eller suffered a concussion, plus facial and dental fractures on a hit from Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba. Eller was taken from the ice on a stretcher. He would spend the night in a hospital, the Canadiens said.

Capitals 3, Rangers 1 in Washington – Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got Washington started before teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart in Game 1 of their first-round series against New York.

Blues 2, Kings 1 in St. Louis – Defenseman Barret Jackman scored his first career playoff goal with 50.4 seconds remaining, lifting St. Louis over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and giving the Blues a 2-0 series lead heading to Los Angeles.

Red Wings 5, Ducks 4 (OT) in Anaheim – Gustav Nyquist's power-play goal at 1:21 of overtime after Detroit blew a three-goal lead in the third period gave the Red Wings the win over Anaheim to even their playoff series 1-1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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