Braun needs surgery; more on Havlat
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SAN JOSE – Justin Braun dealt with a left hand injury for the duration of the shortened season after getting hurt in Finland during the lockout, and will require offseason surgery.

In December, Braun suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand, and wore a cast/bone stimulator for five weeks. He managed to play in the Sharks’ first game of the season on Jan. 20 while wearing protection on the hand/wrist, which was wrapped in some fashion all season.

“The start of the year it was a little tough getting used to, I wore a pad on my hand. The last couple months, it wasn’t a problem,” Braun said. “The training staff did a good job keeping that in check.

“I’ll have to go in and get some surgery next week. It’s just minor. It will be quick. Then I’ll get back to work.”

Previously, it was reported that Marc-Edouard Vlasic played through a hairline fracture in his left foot, and Logan Couture battled a left ankle injury. Both players required pregame medication in the Kings series.

“My foot was broken, but you shoot it up,” said Vlasic, who was hurt in Game 4 against the Kings while blocking a shot. “I felt numb. There’s a lot of guys that play with injuries. When they shot it up, I felt 100 percent.”

Jason Demers dressed in Game 5, a precaution in case Vlasic wouldn’t be able to play effectively. Vlasic does not need surgery, as the injury will heal on its own in three-to-six weeks.

Couture, who went awkwardly into the boards in Game 3 against Los Angeles and later returned to score the overtime game-winner, does not need surgery, either.

"Sprained ankle. Just talked to the doctors,” Couture said. “They said take three or four weeks off of it. Don't do anything on it for a couple weeks. During the games, I was just getting it frozen to play."

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The Sharks also revealed that Marty Havlat was unable to play with a pulled groin. Havlat left Game 1 of the Canucks series in the first period, and after telling the Sharks’ coaching staff he was good to return in Game 3 against the Kings, left his team shorthanded by departing before the end of the opening frame.

In what could be perceived as a sign of frustration from the organization, Havlat was given a temporary locker stall in the Sharks’ dressing room at their practice facility between games six and seven against the Kings. To put that in perspective, AHL call-ups Freddie Hamilton, Alex Stalock, Matt Pelech and Matt Tennyson all had regular locker stalls.

In the press box for Game 7 at Staples Center, Havlat sat by himself, while the other Sharks scratches sat together on the complete opposite end in the seats set aside for visiting players.