After returning from a five-game absence to play in Game 3, Martin Havlat is back on the shelf again.
Havlat, who lasted just six shifts worth 4:52 of ice time before sustaining a lower-body injury, will be out of the San Jose lineup again on Tuesday when the Sharks take on the Kings in Game 4 at HP Pavilion.
“If you’re hurt and you can’t play, you can’t play,” Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said, explaining he didn’t know if Havlat aggravated the injury suffered during the opening game of the Vancouver series.
“We can be as frustrated as we want. It was hard because we had to juggle the lineup, but we talked about the difference between being injured and hurt. He’s injured.”
Havlat, 32, had eight goals and 10 assists in 40 games with the Sharks this year, averaging nearly 16 minutes per game.
The loss will be tough for the Sharks as they were already shorthanded up front. Raffi Torres is suspended for the remainder of the series and Adam Burish is out with a broken hand.
As a result, forward Tim Kennedy could re-enter the lineup after playing Game 2 but being scratched from Game 3.