Sharks coach Todd McLellan is optimistic center Scott Gomez will be available to play against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday in Game 3 of their opening round series at HP Pavilion.
Gomez, out with soreness since he took a big hit April 23 against the Dallas Stars, skated again Saturday at the Sharks practice facility. He skated before games one and two in Vancouver but was held out of the lineup both times.
"There's no doubt we'd like to get him into the series. He makes a big difference to our team, especially with the power play," McLellan said. "He's got the ability to control the puck. As soon as he's ready and feels good and knows that he can go into that type of competitive environment and contribute, then we'll use him."
San Jose went 0 for 5 on the power play in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Canucks, who were effective in bottling up the neutral zone on the penalty kill and not allowing the Sharks to skate into their offensive end unimpeded. Gomez is usually part of the second power play unit.