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Marty Havlat suffered an injury in the first period of Game 1 and did not return, but the Sharks pulled off a 3-1 victory in Vancouver. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
VANCOUVER – Predictably, there was no real update on Sharks’ forward Marty Havlat on Thursday morning at Rogers Arena. Havlat left Game 1 of the series with Vancouver in the first period and did not return.
Midway through the first period, Havlat was seen taking a stick to the groin from Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa. The pain was visible on Havlat’s face, and it was the last shift he took on the night.
Havlat declined an interview request, and like the rest of the Sharks players that played in Game 1, did not skate on Thursday.
Scott Gomez, who took the morning skate on Wednesday but still has not played in a game since Dallas’ Erik Cole leveled him on April 23, is also still a question mark for Game 2.
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“Both are getting treatments like all the other players playing in the playoffs,” Todd McLellan said. “Bumps and bruises, and we’ll know more tomorrow.”
Gomez was asked if he would like to play at some point in the first round series.
“I hope. Definitely, that’s the goal,” he said.
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Sharks forward TJ Galiardi was upset after Game 1 that a hit into the boards from behind by Jannik Hansen, that looked decidedly dirty on replays, was not at least a penalty on the Canucks’ winger. Galiardi made it known that he believed the hit was outside of the rules, and said, “I’m lucky I’m walking around right now.”
He dialed back the emotion on Thursday.
“At the time, I wasn’t very happy for sure, and even last night after the game I was a little frustrated about it. But, it’s one of those things that it won’t help me at all and won’t hurt him at all being angry about it, so you just kind of move on.”
Galiardi said he felt fine on Thursday, and he’s fortunate that’s the case after his face plant into the glass halfway through regulation, courtesy of Hansen’s elbow.
Hansen was unapologetic when told Galiardi was upset about it on Wednesday night.
“He’s not happy getting hit? What’s new about that? It’s hockey,” Hansen said. “You’re going to get hit out there. If there’s a penalty, the refs are going to call them.”
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One player who won’t be playing in Game 2 is Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, who did not skate with the team on Thursday morning. Roberto Luongo will make his second consecutive start after making 25 saves in a 3-1 loss in Game 1.
Regarding his Game 1 performance, Luongo said:
“It’s a tough one to judge. I felt good during the game and I made some good saves, but when you don’t get a W, it’s tough to be satisfied with yourself. You always try to look at things you could have done better, and made one or two extra saves. At the same, time you don’t want to beat yourself up too much over it, and you want to start focusing on the next one.”