Olympic-light Sharks looking fresh

Marleau, who played a key role on Team Canada's gold-medal squad, said he felt fine despite all the hockey this season. But then he added: "Although I try not to think about it." Perhaps a little mind over matter is happening there.

"The guys that went [to Sochi] will tell you how they feel and probably won't tell you how they really feel," said Boyle, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist with Team Canada. "But I'm sure [the non-Sochi players] benefited overall from getting that time off. For sure."

Even more beneficial for the Sharks would be to finish off the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night with a sweep in their first-round series. More rest would be golden for what is hoped to be a long playoff run.

"You have an opportunity to give yourself a few days extra to prepare and get the body feeling better," Stuart said. "If you can, you take advantage of it. We talked about it this morning."

Stuart pointed back to a series between San Jose and Detroit a few years ago, when he was with the Red Wings. The Sharks were up 3-0 in the series, but the Red Wings forced a seventh game.

"The Sharks ultimately won, but how did that affect them in the next series?" he said. "You want to make sure you're not putting yourself through extra wear and tear on the body if you can avoid it."

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