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Sharks' bruiser McGinn will play in Game 4

Vancouver Canucks' Aaron Rome (R) collapses to the ice after he was hit face first into the boards by San Jose Sharks Jamie McGinn during the third period of Game 3 in their NHL Western Conference Final hockey playoff game in San Jose, California, May 20, 2011. McGinn was given a major penalty for hit and Rome had to helped from the ice. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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McGinn is in.

That'd be the San Jose Sharks' Jamie McGinn, the one-man wrecking crew that knocked both Christian Ehrhoff and Aaron Rome out of the Vancouver Canucks' line-up in Friday night's 4-3 win, with massive hits. The latter collision that left Rome bleeding and earned McGinn a boarding major and game misconduct.

But Saturday, after further review, the NHL determined that there would be no further supplementary discipline, meaning McGinn is available to play for the Sharks in Sunday's fourth game of the Western Conference final, which Vancouver leads 2-1.

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"I'm not a dirty player by any means," said McGinn, following Sharks' practice Saturday. "I don't try to take guys' heads off. I didn't even touch Rome's head last night.

"I looked at the hit 100 times. I can't stress enough, I don't want to hurt anyone. It's too bad he got hurt on the play. I was coasting. I tried to slow up and I hit him on the left shoulder. You can see both the '2' and the '9' on the back of his sweater, so I didn't hit him from behind. It's one of those freak accidents, where he hit his head on the glass."


Marleau Catches Fire

Marleau's recent hot streak coincided almost exactly with comments made by former teammate Jeremy Roenick on a Versus broadcast during the Detroit Red Wings' series. Roenick called his effort "gutless" and reamed him out for being weak on Pavel Datsyuk as he set up the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the series. Marleau has four goals in the first three games against the Canucks, five in the last four and says, it had nothing at all to do with Roenick's rant at all.

"Things are just starting to go in. I'm playing with some pretty good players obviously. Just getting into some good areas. The puck is starting to go in."

Quote of the Day

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"If you're not hurt, if you're not banged, if you're not bruised, if you're not sore and if you're not tired, I guess the question would be 'why?'

- Sharks' coach Todd McLellan, explaining that hockey is a physical game and that by this time of year, every team deals with its share of bumps, bruises and ailments.

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Eric was the winner of the Hockey Hall Of Fame's Elmer Ferguson award for "distinguished contributions to hockey writing" in 2001. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario's grad school of journalism, he began covering hockey in 1978 and after spending 20 years covering the NHL and the Calgary Flames, joined The Globe in 2000. More

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