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Sharks could sure use a healthy Havlat

5/17/2013

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- One player who would certainly help the San Jose Sharks in their bid to crawl out of an 0-2 series deficit is Martin Havlat.

But the Sharks need a healthy Havlat.

"That's a Marty, Mother Nature and trainers' decision," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said Friday. "I can't speed any of those up as a coach. I hope that one day soon, he comes knocking on my door and he tells me he's ready to go, because we could sure use him."

The Czech winger, who hasn't played since leaving early in Game 1 of the Vancouver series with a lower-body injury, skated again Friday.

"I'm getting better, we'll see how it goes tomorrow morning," Havlat said.

Is there a chance for Game 3 Saturday night?

"We’ll see," said Havlat. "We'll see how it feels tomorrow. It's getting closer and closer."

Meanwhile, winger Adam Burish, who's been pronounced out for the second round with a broken hand, remains hopeful he can beat that prognosis and come back against the Kings. Burish is set to see a hand specialist Saturday to assess his progress.

More Torres talk

Suspended Sharks forward Raffi Torres skated Friday and was in the dressing room afterwards as media interviewed other players, but he was not speaking to reporters on this day.

His teammates were, though.

"He's a great teammate and a wonderful guy," said Scott Gomez. "We want him to play. It's our job to get it to the next round so he can play."

Kopitar nicked up

Kings head coach Darryl Sutter gets the prize for the line of day when discussing Anze Kopitar and the repair work Kopitar needed after taking a puck in the face in Game 2.

"Well, he finally gets some stitches in his face, there goes the modeling career and the best-looking Slovenian athlete (distinction)," quipped Sutter.

As Sutter said, Kopitar's tenacity -- only missing a few shifts Thursday night while getting sewn up -- just shows you what this sport is about.

"Hockey players are different from other athletes," said Sutter. "They get hit in the face, they go in and get sewed up and they come back. Very seldom in 30-some years have I seen a player that doesn't do that. Spit your teeth in your hands and give 'em to your coach."

• The Kings practiced in Los Angeles on Friday before flying out to San Jose.