SAN JOSE -- Forward Marty Havlat has been officially ruled out for Game 4 of the Sharks' Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Kings by coach Todd McLellan.
Havlat had just six shifts and was on the ice for 4 minutes and 52 seconds in the first period in Saturday's Game 3 before he left the game with a lower body injury. McLellan did not know if Havlat's latest injury was related to the one that he suffered in the opening round series against the Vancouver Canucks.
After Saturday's morning skate, Havlat informed McLellan that he was feeling well enough to play. But Havlat's injury, and one later suffered by Logan Couture, left the Sharks with just 10 forwards for much of the second period and forced McLellan to juggle line combinations. Couture came back late in the second period.
"If you're hurt and you can't play, you can't play," McLellan said. "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 injured and hurt. He's injured."
Game 4 is Tuesday at HP Pavilion. With Havlat unavailable, the Sharks might again look at inserting Tim Kennedy on the fourth line. Kennedy played in Game 2 in Los Angeles but was scratched for Game 3.