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Ken Holland on Datsyuk and Franzen: “We expect them both to play”

Early reports on Sunday had both Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk as ‘game-time decisions’ for Game 5 tonight in San Jose, but Ansar Khan would later confirm that both will suit up and play:

“I just talked to (coach) Mike Babcock,” Holland said this afternoon. “We expect them both to play.”

Babcock said on Saturday that Drew Miller and Mike Modano are on “standby” just in case.

Players not happy with 5:00 PM Pacific start time

David Pollak of Working the Corners spoke to several Sharks players about adjusting to the early start:

“Most guys would prefer the usual time or even the noon or 1 o’clocks,” said defenseman Dan Boyle. “It’s awkward.”

Quickies

Bieksa on teammates’ diving: “they’re crossing that line of integrity” – The White Towel

Vigneault defends Sedins – The White Towel

Up close and personal with Dwayne Roloson’s goalie pads – InGoalMag

Why Sean Avery’s endorsement of gay marriage is important – Puck Daddy

Why Sean Avery is a buyout candidate – SNYRangersBlog

Claude Julien talks about the loss of Patrice Bergeron – ESPN Boston

Announcing crews for this evening – Puck The Media

History Steps Up: Joel Ward

Stick tap OnTheForecheck