SAN JOSE Injured Sharks forward Marty Havlat gave his first public comments following surgery for a partially torn left hamstring on Friday morning, as he wandered into the Sharks locker room at HP Pavilion on crutches and with his leg in a brace.
Although hes disappointed to be missing the next six-to-eight weeks after surgery on Wednesday, Havlat echoed what Doug Wilson said in that the injury could have ended his season.
After surgery was better news than what we heard before, so hopefully its going to be good, said Havlat. Before the surgery, it didnt sound that good. I think everybody is pleased with the results and what they saw in there.
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Havlat, who said the injury was not related to anything hes had in the past, explained again what happened on the play midway through the third period of a 3-2 win over Edmonton last Saturday. He was hurt as he was stepping over the boards for a shift on the penalty kill, when he crumpled to the ice.
I just got stuck there a little bit, then I put all my weight when I was falling down on the leg, and my ankle twisted a little bit, he said.
The injury comes just as Havlat seemed to be playing better after an inconsistent start. He scored just his second goal of the season earlier in the game against the Oilers, following up a two-assist effort against Colorado two days prior.
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I was trying to get my game back and was a little better the last couple of games, but unfortunately this is what happened and Ill have to deal with that again like I did last four or five times, he said, referring to past injuries. Its a little longer rehab than most of the injuries, but thats the way it is, and this is just another hurdle I have to jump over.
Havlat missed all of training camp and the first three games of the regular season recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery. He missed the majority of the 2005-06 season with a right shoulder injury while in Ottawa, playing in just 18 games. After a trade to Chicago that offseason, Havlat played in 56 games with the Blackhawks in 2006-07 but just 35 games in 2007-08 with shoulder and groin ailments.
This is the first time hes been out for an extended period of time due to a leg or knee injury.