Sharks score 4 goals in power play after Pavelski injury


SAN JOSE – With Captain Joe Pavelski limping on the ice, the Sharks' outlook on the playoff was bleak. They had the Vegas Golden Knights 3-0 in less than 10 minutes to play in Game 7.

The Sharks reacted to Pavelski's apparent head injury with four goals in the subsequent five-minute power play period to reach a 4-3 lead and put the SAP Center in utter chaos.

Logan Couture started the gate just seven seconds after the power play. Then he turned around and pointed to the Sharks bank that there was more to do: "That's one."

Barely a minute later, Tomas Hertl's turn came to take advantage of the main penalty and reduce the lead of the Golden Knights with a tip in the lead behind Vegas keeper Marc-Andre Fleury.

Couture scored once more and ended the comeback with a blow to Fleury's glove as the clock neared 7:00. The shark tank had gone from stunned silence to pandemonium in less than three minutes.

And to end the incredible run of the Sharks, Kevin Labanc pushed the puck past Fleury's Stick Side and gave the Sharks a wondrous lead just four minutes and a second after their first couture goal. Labanc had helped in the previous three goals and set a record for the most points ever scored in a 7-game period.

Pavelski had just been in the Vegas Zone with Cody Eakin, the Center for Golden Knights, just ten minutes before the end of the game when he was injured.

Eakin pushed Pavelski in the run-up, forcing him off balance, then the striker from Las Vegas, Paul Stastny, bumped into Pavelski and sent him into the ice. The captain of the sharks landed on shoulder and head and became limp.

Teammates helped Pavelski on the ice after a few minutes, and he went back to the San Jose locker room.

The sharks have made no statement about the severity of Pavelski's injury.

The Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault scored his own Powerplay goal to tie the game in with less than a minute of playing time, giving Game 7 a place in extra time.

The Sharks won the game in extra time when Barclay Goodrow moved around a defender from Vegas and pushed the puck past Fleury's right pad, taking San Jose into the second round.


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