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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,
Through the years, as the San Jose Sharks kept falling short in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Joe Pavelski kept developing chemistry with teammate Joe Thornton.
Through the years, as the Sharks kept being called underachievers, Pavelski kept working at his craft.
The Sharks are one win from their first Stanley Cup Final, closer than ever before in their 25-year history, after defeating the St. Louis Blues 6-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Monday and taking a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Pavelski scored two key goals to put them on the cusp, giving him a League-leading 12 goals in the playoffs and 21 points, tied for first with teammate Logan Couture.
His goals were born amid all that disappointment. The first was a product of his longtime connection with Thornton. The second was a product of hours of practice that have made Pavelski, in the words of Couture, "the best in the world" at a certain hockey skill.
Watch Pavelski's two key goals in one video below...
This call had the San Jose Sharks shaking their heads. Joe Pavelski appeared to score the OT winner as the San Jose Sharks' captain was shoved into Pekka Rinne by Predators forward Paul Gaustad, but the referees ruled that Pavelski made "incidental contact" with Rinne, preventing Rinne from making a save and thus negating the goal:
"The harder we try right now, it's like the worse it's going."
-Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks after losing 2-0 to the Calgary Flames Wednesday night. More on the Sharks from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News.
The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa spends the first part of his weekly notebook discussing the evolution of the Department of Player Safety from the Matt Cooke-on-Marc Savard hit some four years ago to the implementation of rules against hits to the head and the most recent example of the league punishing a player for a hit to the head in the John Moore-on-Erik Haula hit, but then he goes on to launch a rather passionate defense of John Scott's decision to leave the San Jose Sharks' bench to fight Tim Jackman.
It's a curious contradiction, and I'm curious as to what you think about this:
John Scott is out $17,073.18 after the league suspended him for two games following his fight last Sunday with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman. The Sharks should do the right thing and get that cash back in Scott’s pocket. On the play, the San Jose tough guy did exactly what his employer hired him to do. Scott and Jackman had tangled earlier in the game.
Scott didn’t have issues about that fight. But the ex-Sabre didn’t appreciate Jackman’s third-period engagement of Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Jackman had 10 scraps last season, according to http://www.hockeyfights.com Vlasi.c, the Sharks’ ace defenseman and one of their best players, has one career fight: a hiss-and-scratcher against Daniel Briere in 2009.
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-STAR TEAMS
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2014) -- Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.
Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.
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The Associated Press reports that San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson plans on making several changes to his team, and he's more than willing to share his agenda with those who'll listen:
Wilson said Thursday that he told pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Dan Boyle that he will not be re-signed, informed unproductive forward Martin Havlat that he will not be back next season and moved top-line wing Brent Burns back to defense after he had spent more than a year as a forward on captain Joe Thornton's line.
These changes come two weeks after the Sharks became the fourth team in NHL history to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.
Wilson spent the past two weeks meeting with coaches and players to help determine what went wrong in the final four games against Los Angeles and how to get a team that has been one of the best in the regular season the past decade over the playoff hump.
"You want to be careful not to change too many things, but you better be really careful that you're not just avoiding what really needs to take place," Wilson said. "There's two sides to that. I think what we need to do is much more drastic than just putting a Band-Aid on it."
Assistant coach Larry Robinson will be back but could have an expanded role that includes some front-office duties. ... Wilson said talks have already begun to keep backup G Alex Stalock, who can be an unrestricted free agent. ... Pavelski (shoulder) and F Raffi Torres (knee) had operations after the season.
CSN Bay Area mic'd up Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski during a recent San Jose game...
from Reed Albergotti of the Wall Street Journal,
The hockey headlines this time of year are supposed to be dominated by the sport’s biggest names—blazing fast superstars like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin, or somebody who has a nickname that includes the word “rocket.”
But the guy everyone is talking about during this NHL postseason is an obscure center who insists he’s still learning how to skate. “In a flat-out race from one end of the ice to another, I’m not going to win too many of those,” says Joe Pavelski, the center for the San Jose Sharks. As a skater, he says, “I’m not where I need to be yet.”
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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski’s nifty scoring touch has helped him score nine goals in eight playoff games this season and yet his college coach doesn’t believe his hands are Pavelski’s greatest asset.
“It’s the ability he has between his ears,” Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves said. “He’s not the biggest, not the strongest, but he has the ability to think and anticipate, and know what he’s going to do before he gets to his puck.”
Now in his fourth NHL season, Pavelski has been the talk of the playoffs because of his Sidney Crosby-like offensive pace.
added 11:47pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Accordingly, Tuesday’s third game is shaping up as the Battle Of the Sharks’ Joes (Big and Little) at the Joe – Detroit’s venerable Joe Louis Arena – and may the best Joe(s) win.
Thus far in the playoffs, Pavelski has been something of a revelation for the Sharks, who are on a five-game postseason win streak. In the opening round, Pavelski scored the last-minute tying goal in Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche, the overtime winner in Game 4 and the series clincher in Game 6.
Joe Pavelski scored the OT goal for the Sharks last night, which evens the series with Colorado at 2.
Watch Sharks TV broadcaster Randy Hahn with the call, then watch the same play below with Avalanche play by play man Mike Haynes making the call.
via David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Coach Todd McLellan said this morning that Joe Pavelski has undergone a minor procedure for a lower body injury and is expected to be out a couple weeks.
The injury occurred at 2:30 of the first period when Pavelski blocked a power play shot from the blue line by Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf, but the Sharks forward did not leave the game, skating 28 shifts for a total of 19:21 in ice time.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
Q: What’s your reaction to the organization’s decision to look for a new captain?
A: If Patty loses his ‘C’, obviously, he’s going to feel it more than anyone. He’s going to be asked more questions about it. [The playoff exit] wasn’t just his fault. I blame myself just as much as anything for something like that. In the game you need a supporting staff. I’m just as responsible for it as he is. We didn’t get the job done this year. I assume there’s going to be change when that happens. This is a new step. The team is going to have to roll with it. There are no captains right now. Someone will be named the captain, but it’s going to be collective. Everybody needs to step up.