Fiery forward Ben Eager was scratched from the San Jose Sharks lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals at HP Pavilion on Friday night.
Eager racked up 20 penalty minutes, including a controversial boarding minor on a check of Vancouver Canucks MVP candidate Daniel Sedin in the second period of Game 2. Eager also netted a tripping call that cost the Sharks a power-play goal in the third period and added a the final maker in the 7-3 Sharks’ 7-3 Game 2 loss --- and Eager proceeded to talk some trash to Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.
“I thought Ben Eager was one of our better players as far as forecheck, creating scoring opportunities,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said in Thursday. “He had a number of shots on goal. He played with an energy and passion that was required of him. As I said last night, he took penalties that we cannot take.Is he an asset or a liability? He was both (in Game 2).”
Earlier today, McLellan said possible lineup changes were still being discussed among coaches.
“We could shuffle things up a little bit,” McLellan said.
Rookie forward Andrew Desjardins was inserted into the lineup in place of Eager. It’s Desjardin’s first career playoff start.
-- A.J. Perez