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Martin Havlat produces late returns for Sharks

Apr 13, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT

When the San Jose Sharks traded Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat, much of the chatter was about Havlat’s playoff production. Sure, Heater had his moments of postseason glory in Ottawa, but the 2011 run seemed to sour things for the sniper. Much of Havlat’s season has been ravaged by injuries, yet he’s been making waves lately, which can be seen most clearly in the fact that he scored the double overtime-winner to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 tonight.

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Tonight’s game is the peak, but it’s also a delicious cherry on top of a nice recent run.

After a scoreless return on March 15, Havlat scored four goals and two assists in his next three games. He finished the season with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 13 contests. In fact, tonight’s two-goal output makes it 14 points in 14 games back.

So, sure, his overall numbers aren’t pretty but Havlat’s becoming a weapon when the Sharks need him the most.

  1. mehetmet - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    This was a great hockey game. good pace, lots of hitting, refs were good. We need more like this.

  2. rebel21das - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Loved the Sharks energy…..I was hoping playing hard down the final stretch of the regular season was going to pay off for San Jose and it clearly did. Havlat is healthy finally at just the right time too…… the first goal he scored was sniper material, good read and tapped the punk right in…..then in double OT he comes out clutch again. Big D Murray was knocking the Blues all over the place, Antti Niemi was shutdown. Joe Thornton logged big ice time as usual and it was nice to Boyle all over the Blues. The one player that I think helped a ton and didn’t get any notice was the defensive presence of Marc-Edward Vlasic, the kid played outta his mind and didn’t give the Blues much to work with all night……. what a perfect start to this series. Go Sharks!

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