Joe Pavelski was at the end of his shift. A long shift. No. A looooooong shift. And he was at the other end of the rink. He figured a line change might be coming. But he looked up. He saw opportunity. Overtime opportunity. Pavelski did not see teammate Ryane Clowe create a turnover. Pavelski did see teammate Kyle Wellwood with the puck, holding onto it in the offensive zone, waiting for someone in a Sharks uniform to skate across the blue line. Pavelski did. Finally. "I obviously wasn't setting any speed records," he said. "I was checking behind me to see if anyone was going to catch me." No one was. A defenseman from the Los Angeles Kings had slipped and fallen. But would Wellwood see Pavelski? He didn't have enough oxygen in his lungs to shout for the puck. "I was saving every last breath," Pavelski said, "for that shot." That shot was some shot. Wellwood put the puck perfectly on Pavelski's stick. Pavelski then fired it past Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick from maybe 30 feet away. Upper right of the net. Rippled the twine behind Quick. Just another typical Pavelski shot. You know, the kind of shot that wins a playoff game in overtime. Last spring, Pavelski did that against Colorado. This time, it was Sharks 3, Los Angeles Kings 2. But come on. In the sort of frenzy that hockey overtime is, was Pavelski really aiming the puck? Or just shooting and hoping?
Pavelski comes up big for Sharks
San Jose Mercury News | Apr 15