Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist in his return from injury when the San Jose Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Final with a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 of the second round at SAP Center on Wednesday.
Pavelski missed the first six games of the series against Colorado after sustaining an undisclosed injury in a 5-4 overtime win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of the first round April 23.
“[I’ve] missed it, I really have missed it,” Pavelski said of being unable to play. “And to come out and score early, I’ve got a lot of emotion tonight, for sure.”
The 34-year-old now has three goals and three assists in eight games this postseason. The win allows the Sharks to move on to the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues.
Sharks goalie, Martin Jones was huge in the Series outcome.
Jones was awful in the first four games of the playoffs, but he’s turned his game around since then. He now owns an 8-5 record with a 2.72 goals-against-average and a .910 save percentage this postseason.
Jones allowed two goals on 29 shots in Wednesday’s 3-2 Game 7 Victory. However, Hockey fans worldwide will be talking about the one play that changed the game.
Colorado appeared to tie the game when Colin Wilson scored from the slot off a pass from Nathan MacKinnon at 7:49 of the second period. But San Jose coach Peter DeBoer challenged for offside, and video review showed Gabriel Landeskog in the zone ahead of the puck before going off for a change.
“I was just as surprised as anybody,” Landeskog said of the goal being overturned. “I came off, and all of a sudden two seconds later we score. I didn’t think anything of it, to be honest with you. And then we were wondering why they weren’t dropping the puck.
“Obviously I was still on the ice. We saw some replays on the bench and from what we saw it could have gone either way. …
“It’s a clumsy mistake, you know. Get off the ice. … If I could have done something different on that play, I would have jumped the boards a lot quicker.”
one Captain has his team moving on. The other is responsible for ending his teams season. The San Jose Sharks may finally have the combo of Skill and luck it takes to win The ultimate prize. Keep in mind folks we are only halfway home! buckle up for the ride!