As the Sharks struggled to score goals during their slow start, Joe Pavelski said he was the wrong guy to ask about forward combinations and a potential move to the top line.

"I just play," he said two weeks ago.

And since then Pavelski has let the score sheet speak for itself. He's doing The Big Pavelski thing again as the NHL's hottest player -- racking up points in bunches and validating coach Todd McLellan's decision to pair him with Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

Pavelski tallied 11 points on the Sharks' just-completed 5-1 road trip. As San Jose (6-4) drops the puck on a six-game homestand starting with Pittsburgh on Thursday night at HP Pavilion, Pavelski leads the Sharks in points (13), goals (eight) and something else:

Humility.