Series MVP: Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks
In a series where Joe Thornton , Patrick Marleau and Dany Healtey -- San Jose's 80-point scorers during the regular season -- failed to have an impact, Pavelski filled the void. For all three of them. Pavelski finished the series tied with Ryane Clowe for the team lead in points (8), which was two shy of the top line's combined effort. Pavelski topped all Sharks with five goals, three of which came at crucial moments. He tallied his first of the series with 32 seconds left in Game 2 to force overtime. He recorded the decisive goal 10:24 into overtime of Game 4. The center capped his series with a two-goal night, which included the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner, in Game 6.
On Target• Wes Goldstein: San Jose in 5: As good a matchup as San Jose could hope for in round one.
• Erin Brown: San Jose in 6: Thanks to Heatley , Thornton will find his playoff game.
• Mike Hurcomb: San Jose in 6: Keeping Evgeni Nabokov sharp will help end Sharks' postseason woes.
• Dennis Dodd: San Jose in 6: Colorado is too young and too inexperienced to make this a series.
|No. 1 San Jose vs. No. 8 Colorado|
|Apr. 14||at San Jose||COL, 2-1||Recap|
|Apr. 16||at San Jose||SJ, 6-5 (OT)||Recap|
|Apr. 18||at Colorado||COL, 1-0 (OT)||Recap|
|Apr. 20||at Colorado||SJ, 2-1 (OT)||Recap|
|Apr. 22||at San Jose||SJ, 5-0||Recap|
|Apr. 24||at Colorado||SJ, 5-2||Recap|
|San Jose wins series, 4-2|