SAN JOSE – Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said on Friday that he was looking forward to injured winger Marty Havlat knocking on his door, telling him he was ready to return.
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It happened on Saturday after the Sharks’ morning skate at HP Pavilion.
Havlat is set to return for the Sharks for the pivotal Game 3, as San Jose tries to get back into its Western Conference semifinal series with Los Angeles. The Kings won the first two games at Staples Center.
“He’s come to see me and he thinks he’s ready to go, so we’ll find a spot for him,” McLellan said on Saturday.
Havlat did not take line rushes on Saturday morning, so how the Sharks line up with the 32-year-old back in is yet to be determined. “We’ve still got to figure that out,” McLellan said.
Havlat has not played since Game 1 of the Sharks’ first round series with Vancouver on May 1, out with a presumed lower body injury. In 73 career playoff games, Havlat has 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 points.
What does McLellan expect from him?
“His experience is important. He’s played a number of games at the playoff level. He’s an older player, he’s been through a lot. I want a good, hard, honest effort from Marty. I want him to bring his A-game. I want him to compete hard all over the rink and make a difference. But, you could ask me about 19 other players that are going to dress, and I’d tell you the same thing.”
The Sharks are still without forwards Adam Burish (broken right hand) and Raffi Torres (suspended for series).