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LAS VEGAS – The time for the defenders of sharks Erik Karlsson on the ice was substantially reduced from Game 2 to Game 3 against the Golden Knights of Las Vegas. But both Karlsson and Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Monday that it had nothing to do with a recurrence of groin injuries that have bothered the two-time Norris Trophy winner since January.
Karlsson played 29 minutes and eight seconds in Game 2, a 5-3 loss for the Sharks, since host San Jose made eight quick plays and had to play with five defenders after Marc-Edouard Vlasic suffered an injury to the game. beginning of the second period.
In Game 3 on Sunday, Karlsson played alone at 20:54, as the Sharks had only three power games and were penalized six times in the 6-3 loss. Without Vlasic, Brent Burns led the Sharks with 25:10 of ice time and Justin Braun had 22:34, as the Golden Knights had the man's lead for almost 10 minutes.
"I think that's how it goes," Karlsson said. "At this time of year, it does not matter how much you play or what you say on the score sheet, the only thing that matters is the score and yesterday they got the best of us, we just have to find a way to get back to the level we need to have success ".
When asked to indicate where he is in health at this time, Karlsson said: "I feel very good."
"We had many penalties." It was just circumstantial, "DeBoer said." There were no problems. "
Karlsson, who missed a total of 26 games from mid-January through early April with a groin injury, was on ice for five of six Golden Knight goals on Monday, including three goals from the former teammate. Ottawa Senators team, Mark Stone.
"I think he looked like our team last night, a little bit out," DeBoer said of Karlsson. "I think all our equipment could be better."
Stone, 26, already has six goals in the series, since he and line mates Max Pacioretty and Paul Stastny have combined for 22 points.
"He's a good player." He's always been a good player, "Karlsson said of Stone." He's still young. He is still learning and has something more experience now. It's fun to play against him. We just have to find a way to find that next level. "You can not worry about what you're going to do or how well you're going to do, it's about what we do in our room."
In the first two games of the series, Karlsson has been on ice for six of the seven Golden Knights goals. He also leads the Sharks with five points, all assists.
"I do not think anyone felt really good last night," Karlsson said. "I do not think we've played the way we think we need to beat these guys, they're a good team."
Haley's injury can open the door for Donskoi
DeBoer said Monday that Micheal Haley's left ankle / foot X-rays were negative, although Haley was still quite sore from blocking a shot by Golden Knights defender Shea Theodore during Game 3.
DeBoer labeled both Haley and Vlasic as day-to-day, although none of the players skated at the T-Mobile Arena on Monday when the Sharks did an optional practice.
Haley's injury probably opens the door for Joonas Donskoi to join the lineup for the first time this postseason. Donskoi has been a healthy scratch for the first three games of the series.
"I've been out for a while and I'm full of energy, and I just want to go out and help the team," Donskoi said Monday.
Donskoi finished the regular season with a personal scoreless drought of 37 games, although he still finished with 37 points in 80 games. It was a healthy scratch twice in the regular season, most recently on April 4 when the Sharks played against the Oilers in Edmonton.
"You can start to be (upset) and be negative, but I'm just getting ready to be ready when I get back in the lineup," Donskoi said. "There will also be ups and downs personally, but I've been working hard for a while, and I know I'm ready."