Joe Pavelski: A Proven Winner at Every Level

April 29th, 2010 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »

After helping the American Olympic hockey team win a silver medal earlier this year, Joe Pavelski is doing what he can to ensure that his local club will not be a playoff disappointment this year.

After tallying two goals against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One, he has increased his playoff total to seven, putting him two goals ahead of Sidney Crosby, who has the most points in this year’s playoffs.

It should come as no surprise that Pavelski is playing at his best during the playoffs. In 2008, when the Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, he had three game-winning goals.

Pavelski has already matched that number this year by scoring on a five-on-three power play in the beginning of the third period, which helped the Sharks win Game One against last year’s Western Conference champions.

While the gold medal line of Patrick Marleau, “Jumbo” Joe Thornton, and Dany Heatley has floundered in mediocrity throughout the playoffs, Pavelski continues to make a name for himself by setting up teammates ...

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