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Vlasic, Couture among Sharks who played hurt

May 29, 2013, 12:34 AM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks’ walking wounded might not really come into focus until the team announces some offseason surgeries, but the team shared a couple of the guys who were playing hurt (or maybe injured) during the playoffs after the Los Angeles Kings eliminated them on Tuesday.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the team froze Marc-Edouard Vlasic‘s injured right foot before every contest after he suffered a hairline fracture during Game 4. Logan Couture also needed a shot before an undetermined amount of nights, although he told LeBrun that it didn’t affect his performance.

It seemed like the Sharks found it important to note that these injury announcements aren’t meant to be excuses, especially judging by what head coach Todd McLellan said about playing hurt, via the Los Angeles Times’ Helene Elliott.

“Lot of our guys did. A lot of theirs did,” McLellan said.

  1. aldog83 - May 29, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Sorry Sharks.

    St Louis fans seem to be more gracious.

    Hope this is not an excuse Sharks.

    You beat us 2yrs ago without Kopitar

    Payback. For 2011.

    Goodbye !!!!

    • sanjosecupcrazy - May 29, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      Hope you didn’t strain yourself with those sentences you cobbled together there.

      Nice of you Kings fans to show up now that your team is actually winning. LA fans are the most unloyal, distracted, Hollywood-drunk douchebags on the planet. Will be rooting hard for Chicago/Detroit.

      • dickschofield8291986 - May 29, 2013 at 1:57 AM

        Sorry bout all that hate. I’ll be rooting for my team, not a rival.

      • socali2012 - May 29, 2013 at 2:27 AM

        You are such a pathetic loser! You must be such a dork to focus on sentences. Are you some nerdy English professor? Go Kings! You should shut – up if you don’t know what the hell you are talking about. The Kings fans have been loyal and stuck by them for the past 46 yrs. You cry baby sore loser. Why don’t you get a date or a rubber doll to spend some time with and help you get over this stinging loss. Go Kings ! Woo hoo

      • socali2012 - May 29, 2013 at 2:28 AM

        Jealous because you live in a dump of a city with a loser hockey team? Get over it, it’ll never change. Go Kings!

      • qsnavior - May 29, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        Damn… I’m a Kings fan, but I’m far from disloyal, quite attentive, and I’m not even close to Hollywood. But I’ll be a douchebag and show up just at this moment.

      • you4real - May 29, 2013 at 1:31 PM

  2. bleedingteal4life - May 29, 2013 at 2:52 AM


  3. polegojim - May 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Why even mention it… EVERYBODY has guys playing hurt.

    Washington, Vancouver, San Jose, and modern day Ottawa – something in their respective systems keeps them unable to punch their ticket to the big dance and win it.

    Mental weakness?

    Each is a different mixture of causes.

    Vancouver took a big step… but I don’t believe the Canucks issue was the Coach.

  4. manchestermiracle - May 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    McLellan’s right, there are walking wounded on every team. If you don’t have guys banged up and playing hurt then you probably aren’t in the playoffs anyway. Since the Sharks are now out there’s no point in withholding that info.

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