Tag:Joe Pavelski
Posted on: May 4, 2010 10:31 am

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

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A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Games

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m. (Series tied 1-1)

• The Penguins have a plan for Game 3 -- get more traffic in front of the net. "There's no secret to our game," said center Max Talbot. "It's nice to take shots from the exterior, but we need to go into the 'dirty' areas and try to create a little bit more." [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Montreal's Mike Cammalleri giving the Penguins fits. [ Pittsburgh Tribune ]

• Teams being coy about injuries, especially Jordan Staal and Andrei Markov. [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (Sharks lead 2-0)

Joe Pavelski, who is one of the breakout Stars during the playoffs, looks to stay hot as the series moves to Detroit. Not only has he scored two goals in three consecutive games, but had 11 shots on Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, which was a Sharks playoff record. [ San Jose Mercury News ]

• Red Wings must cut down on penalties to have a chance to win series. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks (Series tied 1-1)

• Despite a slow start, the Blackhawks pulled off spectacular finish, scoring three times in the third period to defeat the Canucks. Coming off Saturday's 5-1 loss, the Hawks said multiple times before the game that getting off to a good start was crucial. But in the opening minutes, the Canucks appeared to be heading for another rout. [ Chicago Sun-Times ]

• Chicago's Kris Versteeg picks right time for first playoff goal. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Cancuks let game get away against Blackhawks, coach says team must play better. [ Vancouver Sun ]

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins (Bruins lead 2-0)

• After going up 2-0 on the Flyers, something special is going on in Boston with the Bruins. The Bruins are now two wins from their first conference final since 1992, when Mario Lemieux was the star of the Penguins and not the team's owner. [ Boston Globe ]

• With the pressure now on, which direction will the Flyers now go? [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 pm

Three Stars: May 2

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

What didn't Pavelski do on Sunday night? He scored twice, recorded an assist, won 81 percent (13 of 16) of his faceoffs and led San Jose with 11 shots in their 4-3 win over Detroit.

Second Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was back to his dominant self in Montreal's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, stopping 38 shots, 18 of which came in the second period.

Third Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period of the Canadiens' 3-1 win.

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Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:11 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2010 11:30 pm

"Little Joe" comes up with another big game

By Erin Brown

On a night where the San Jose Sharks' top line got clicking once again, Joe Pavelski still found a way to steal the spotlight.

Pavelski scored twice -- including the tying goal 4:40 into the third period -- and registered an assist in San Jose's 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings Sunday night.

The effort marked Pavelski's third multi-goal consecutive game of the postseason. The feat was last achieved by Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux in 1992. Pavelski now leads postseason goal scorers with nine, and ranks second only to the Penguins' Sidney Crosby in points with 14.

"He's such a complete player," San Jose's Joe Thornton said. "He plays hard at both ends of the rink. He competes every night. He's just in a zone, and when you get in a zone, you just have so much confidence and you feel like you can do anything."

In Game 2, the 5-foot-11 center known as "Little Joe" pretty much did everything. Pavelski led the Sharks with 11 shots and dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 13 of 16 draws.

San Jose's first line of Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley , meanwhile, combined for a goal and five assists.

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:40 am

Three Stars: April 30

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

San Jose's leading scorer during the conference quarterfinals continued his tear, scoring two goals and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Red Wings. His third-period power play goal is his third game-winner in four games.

Second Star: Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks

Boyle registered his third multiple-point game of this postseason with three assists in San Jose's win.

Third Star: Johan Franzen, Detroit Red Wings

Franzen extended his point streak to eight games with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: April 30, 2010 12:30 am

Wraparound: A recap of Thursday's game

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No. 1 San Jose Sharks 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3

San Jose leads, 1-0

Joe Pavelski picked up where he left off in the first round by scoring two goals to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 victory Thursday over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the second-round Western Conference series. Recap | Stats

Posted on: April 29, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 12:10 am

Sharks show focus, bite early in Game 1

By Erin Brown

If the first period of Game 1 is any indication, the San Jose Sharks are ready to bite off the head of that playoff monkey on their back.

Check out some of the first period stats for the Sharks:

• They scored three goals in 79 seconds, setting a new franchise record for fastest three goals in a playoff game.

• They dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 30 (60 percent) draws.

• They outhit the Red Wings, 20-9, with Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton leading the way with four hits apiece.

San Jose couldn't keep up the pace over the next two periods, but did just enough to hang onto a 4-3 victory.

Joe Pavelski continued his postseason tear with two goals and an assist. Evgeni Nabokov finished with 20 saves, including a clutch stop on Nicklas Lidstrom with 19 seconds to play. San Jose's big guns, often pinpointed for their absence during the postseason, are producing. Dan Boyle finished with three assists and Dany Heatley chipped in a goal and an assist. Thornton also registered a helper.

There is still a lot of hockey to be played in the series, but for one night at least, the Sharks can avoid criticism of an unfocused and shaky start.

Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:28 am

Three Stars: April 24

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Pavelski wrapped up his stellar first-round series with a three-point night, which included the eventual-game winner in San Jose's 5-2 vuctory over Colorado.

Second Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago's Marian Hossa may have scored the game-winner in the Blackhawks' 5-4 triumph, but it was Kane who scored a shorthanded goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Third Star: Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins

With his team down by three goals, Cooke scored twice over the final 30 minutes to force overtime in Pittsburgh's 4-3 series-clinching win over Ottawa.

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Posted on: April 25, 2010 2:01 am

Wraparound: A recap of Saturday's games

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No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks 5, No. 7 Nashville Predators 4 (OT)

Chicago leads, 3-2

Marian Hossa scored 4:07 into overtime after Patrick Kane 's short-handed goal had tied the game with 13.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the Blackhawks rallied and beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 for a 3-2 series lead. Recap | Stats


No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 4, No. 5 Ottawa Senators 3 (OT)

Pittsburgh wins, 4-2

Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime for Pittsburgh, which erased a three-goal deficit and eliminated the Ottawa Senators from the playoffs with a 4-3 victory in Game 6 on Saturday. Recap | Stats


No. 1 San Jose Sharks 5, No. 8 Colorado Avalanche 2

San Jose wins, 4-2

Joe Pavelski scored two goals, including the tiebreaking tally midway through the third period, to lift the Sharks to a series-clinching 5-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in Game 6. Recap | Stats

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