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With Havlat out, Torres moves up for Sharks

by Kevin Woodley

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."

Former Canucks forward Raffi Torres will take Havlat's spot on the Sharks' second line, alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau. Torres played several shifts in Havlat's spot in Game 1, and was on the ice for Vancouver's goal as well as an insurance goal by the Sharks' Patrick Marleau with 5:23 left, finishing with no shots and six hits in almost 16 minutes of ice time.

"He's a heck of a hockey player," McLellan said of Torres. "He brings a ton of energy, goes to the net, is dangerous to score at all times, strong on loose pucks, so for him to move up we were comfortable doing that immediately."

With center Scott Gomez also still out for Game 2 -- he did skate and McLellan said he might be an option for Game 3 in San Jose on Sunday -- the Sharks will dress Tim Kennedy, who played 13 games this season, on the fourth line, and Andrew Desjardins moves up to Torres' spot on the third line.

The question is how much the moves will affect the Sharks' balanced attack.

"Marty and [Gomez] are key pieces but there isn't a magic wand to bring them back so we have to make do with what we have," McLellan said. "Our power play I immediately think of because those two were on it and doing a good job, but our power play was effective [in Game 1], moved the puck around, got a goal, and made them pay for penalties and that has to continue without them."

For the Canucks, goalie Cory Schneider skated Friday after staying off the ice Thursday. The team announced Thursday that Schneider would sit out again, with Roberto Luongo starting in net, backed up by Joe Cannata.

Schneider missed the final two games of the regular season with what the team called a "body" injury, and coach Alain Vigneault said Friday he wasn't sure if Schneider would travel to San Jose.

Here is how the lineups for both teams are expected to look when they hit the ice at Rogers Arena for Game 2:


TJ Galiardi - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Raffi Torres

Andrew Desjardins - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels

James Sheppard - Tim Kennedy - Adam Burish

Matt Irwin - Dan Boyle

Scott Hannan - Brad Stuart

Justin Braun - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Antti Niemi

Thomas Greiss

Scratched: Alex Stalock, Matt Tennyson, Bracken Kearns

Injured: Jason Demers (ankle), Scott Gomez (undisclosed), Martin Havlat (undisclosed)


Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Alexandre Burrows

Chris Higgins - Derek Roy - Ryan Kesler

Mason Raymond - Maxim Lapierre - Jannik Hansen

Dale Weise - Andrew Ebbett - Zack Kassian

Dan Hamhuis - Jason Garrison

Alexander Edler - Kevin Bieksa

Andrew Alberts - Frank Corrado

Roberto Luongo

Joe Cannata

Scratched: Steven Pinizzotto, Tom Sestito, Cam Barker, Keith Ballard, Derek Joslin

Injured: Cory Schneider (undisclosed), Christopher Tanev (ankle), David Booth (ankle), Manny Malhotra (eye)

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