VANCOUVER -- San Jose Sharks
forward Martin Havlat
won't play in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals on Friday (10 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN, RDS) after taking a stick in the groin from Vancouver Canucks
defenseman Kevin Bieksa
in the series opener.
Havlat left with nine minutes left in the first period of San Jose's 3-1 win Wednesday, and replays of his last shift show Bieksa lifting his stick up into Havlat's groin area as he turned to box out for a rebound in front of the Vancouver net.
"Havlat? I don't remember," Bieksa said after the Canucks' optional morning skate Friday. "I don't know. I'll have to watch it over again to see what you are talking about."
Havlat was seen walking gingerly in the hallways of Rogers Arena but did not take part in the Sharks' skate Friday. Coach Todd McLellan didn't provide an update on the injury or have much to say about the incident that caused it.
"Marty is not playing [Friday] and I guess that is all that is important," McLellan said. "If there was a situation that somebody crossed the line, it could have been dealt with on the ice or after."
Asked if it was addressed at the League level, he said, "Not that I am aware of."