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Video: Martin Havlat suffers freak injury hopping boards

Dec 18, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Weird scene last night at the HP Pavilion during San Jose’s 3-2 win over Edmonton. Sharks winger Martin Havlat, who opened the scoring on a beauty give-and-go with Michal Handzus, went for a routine line change midway through the third period…only to have it end in disaster:

As the video shows, Havlat was in serious discomfort. He didn’t play another shift in the third period and CSN Bay Area’s Brodie Brazil reported he left the arena with the help of a walking stick.

There’s no word on the type or severity of Havlat’s injury (CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz noted Havlat left without putting any weight on his left leg), though many are speculating it’s an ankle issue.

It’s the latest in a season filled with setbacks and disappointments. Last night’s goal was Havlat’s first in 18 games, another sign he was turning things around (he had two assists against Colorado the game prior) after struggling through an injury-plagued season.

  1. finfan88shark - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    Can anyone be surprised? Havlat has always been an injury waiting to happen. Yet despite this Doug Wilson traded away a work horse, a player who played despite injured a player with a PROVEN INJURY HISTORY BACKGROUND. And people are surprised? Another surprise Jim Vandermeer a player hurt every year he plays, signed as a free agent by the immortal Wilson is also hurt. Surprise, surprise.

  2. comeonnowguys - Dec 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Reminds me of Chicago pitcher Ryan Dempster going on the DL for hopping the dugout fence.

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