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Sharks' Demers healthy enough to play in Game 5

by Dan Rosen
VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Sharks defenseman Jason Demers says he's feeling good and ready to go. San Jose coach Todd McLellan says there is a chance Demers will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday here at Rogers Arena (9 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS).

Demers hasn't played since Game 7 of the conference semifinals against Detroit, on May 12. He said he's been out with bumps and bruises to his upper body, but he skated Monday for the first time since the Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, and was again on the ice with the team Tuesday morning.

"It was stuff I needed a little rest from," Demers said of what kept him out of Games 1-4. "Now I'm back ready to go and it's just a matter of when."

He admitted that he couldn't have truthfully told McLellan that he was 100 percent ready to go before any of the prior games in this series.

"It was stuff I needed a little rest from. Now I'm back ready to go and it's just a matter of when." -- Jason Demers

"I don't think so, but the last few games have been good and I'm ready go," Demers said. "It's his choice and whatever the decision they make I'll support it. It's in their hands and if they think I can come and help the team than I'm willing to jump in and help. I'm not worried either way."

Demers, who has 2 goals and 1 assist in 13 playoff games this spring, believes it won't take him long to pick up the way the series is being played despite the fact that he's watched the first four games from the press box.

"I think it'll be easy," he said. "It's a do-or-die game for us. We have to leave it out there, we can't hold back, and we have to win out. I understand without even being on the ice how big this game is and how much we have to win. I don't think it'll be too hard to get back into the rhythm."

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