Sharks scratch Havlat in Game 1 against Kings

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The San Jose Sharks coaching staff has opted for grit over skill with one of their lineup decisions for Game 1 against the L.A. Kings.

Martin Havlat is a healthy scratch tonight. Mike Brown, who registered five points and 94 penalty minutes in 56 regular season games, is in the lineup in Havlat’s place.

Havlat had a hat trick and a four-point night in the second-to-last regular season game, which was against the Colorado Avalanche.