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Video: Martin Havlat suffers freak injury hopping boards

Martin Havlat Sharks

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.