VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Marty Havlat was not in the Sharks lineup Friday night. Not too surprisingly, the Vancouver Canuck shown using his stick to hit Havlat in the groin during his final shift of Game 1 said he had no recollection of that happening.
"I don't remember that," defenseman Kevin Bieksa said when a reporter brought up the play that was caught on video.
A second attempt to detail the painful-appearing hit that came midway through the first period got the same response.
"I don't know," Bieksa said. "I'll have to watch it over again to see what you're talking about."
The Sharks have not disclosed the extent of Havlat's injury, but he did not take part in the morning skate.
Raffi Torres started in Havlat's usual spot on a line alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau.
Forward Tim Kennedy replaced Havlat in the lineup, skating on the fourth line with James Sheppard and Adam Burish, as Andrew Desjardins moved up to Torres' usual spot on the third.
Coach Todd McLellan passed on the opportunity to criticize Bieksa's conduct on Havlat's final shift.
"If there was a situation that somebody crossed the line, it could have been dealt with on the ice or after," the Sharks coach said.
"One of these days coaches are going to end up coming in here with their video equipment and playing four or five faceoffs and then we would throw out the theory about who's cheating and whatnot," the Sharks coach said.
Faceoffs, he added, are "about puck possession in my opinion, and we need to do it better than they can. It doesn't mean it'll happen tonight, but it did in Game 1, and all the more power to us."
San Jose won 57 percent of the faceoffs in Game 1.
The journeyman had two goals for the Sharks in 13 games this season but was either injured or a healthy scratch between March 10 and the final game against the Los Angeles Kings.
"That's always tough, because you always want to play, but the team is on a pretty good roll," Kennedy said before adding: "You'd rather be here than in the minor leagues."