Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ; Pavelski Leads Sharks to Playoff Wins in First Year as Team Captain

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ; Pavelski Leads Sharks to Playoff Wins in First Year as Team Captain

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Joe Pavelski's transformation as an NHL player can be illustrated by the evolution of his nicknames. The undersized former seventh-round pick who came into league known as "Little Joe in comparison to teammate Jumbo Joe Thornton turned into the Big Pavelski when he became a core player in San Jose and is now simply known as the captain.

In his first postseason wearing the "C, Pavelski is leading in actions and words. He entered Monday tied for the NHL lead with six goals this postseason, with many coming at key moments like the go- ahead score late in Game 2 on Sunday night that helped San Jose take a 2-0 series lead in the second round against Nashville.

"It's just an exciting time of the year, Pavelski said. "It's what you play for. You play all 82 games to set yourself up to get into this spot, and now that you're here you lay it on the line.

Pavelski has done that his whole career, with 32 career postseason goals, including six game winners. Pavelski has 10 points already this postseason and some of the team's biggest goals as San Jose has won six of its first seven postseason games.

The go-ahead goal with 2:40 remaining in Game 2 against the Predators was just the latest example. Pavelski also scored the game- winner in the third period of the first round opener against Los Angeles, opened the scoring in Game 2 and scored the key insurance goal in the Game 5 clincher in Los Angeles.

Most of those goals have come from right near the net where Pavelski's superior hand-eye coordination makes him one of the best in the league at deflecting shots and pouncing on rebounds like he did against the Predators on Sunday.

"He gets to the right areas, teammate Tommy Wingels said. "Guys in this league score goals different ways. The majority of Pav's goals, some are real nice highlight reels but a lot of them are in the dirty areas. He's not the biggest of guys or the fastest of guys but he finds a way to get in those areas. That's tough to do. …

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