VANCOUVER — Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said Friday that he had no recollection of hitting Sharks forward Marty Havlat in the groin area with his stick in Game 1 though video replays show that happening.
The Sharks have not disclosed the extent of Havlat's injury, but coach Todd McLellan said he will not play in Game 2. Raffi Torres will take Havlat's usual spot alongside Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau.
"I don't remember that," Bieksa said when a reporter brought up the hit on Havlat. "I don't remember."
A second attempt to spell out the hit midway through the first period on Havlat's final shift before leaving with an injury got the same response.
"I don't know," Bieksa said. "I'll have to watch it over again tosee what you're talking about."
It appears forward Tim Kennedy will take Havlat's place in the lineup, skating on the fourth line with James Sheppard and Adam Burish as Andrew Desjardins is moving up to Torres's usual spot on the third. But McLellan has not made that definite.
McLellan said Scott Gomez is not yet ready to return from his injury, but could be in the lineup for Game 3 Sunday in San Jose.