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Pavelski scores 300th goal in Sharks victory

Dell makes 39 saves against Panthers; San Jose wins third straight

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Joe Pavelski scored his 300th NHL goal, and Aaron Dell made 39 saves for the San Jose Sharks in a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Friday.

"It's nice. Definitely proud of it," said Pavelski, who is the 199th player, 18th born in the United States, to reach the milestone in League history. "It's one of those things you just keep moving forward. We've been playing a lot better. Our line has been creating more chances. They're going to start to go in. I don't think we were really worried about that."

 

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Chris Tierney scored the game-winning goal in the third period for the Sharks (14-8-2), who have won three games in a row and are 4-0-2 in their past six.

Pavelski had gone 11 games without a goal.

"He's been really close the last few games, getting better and better," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "You could see it coming. It's a lot of goals. That's quite an accomplishment. His whole career is a great story."

Video: SJS@FLA: Dell blockers away McCann's wicked wrister

Colton Sceviour scored for the Panthers (10-13-2), who failed in their attempt for their first three-game winning streak of the season. Roberto Luongo made 30 saves.

Tierney scored to make it 2-1 at 7:13 when his sharp-angled backhand bounced off Luongo's back and crossed the goal line before defenseman Mike Matheson cleared the puck.

The goal was awarded after play was stopped for video review.

"I didn't really see it wholly," Tierney said. "I thought the angle I hit it off his back that it was going to go in. I thought I saw something cross the line. I'm glad we have instant replay and they can check that out."

Sceviour gave Florida a 1-0 lead with 1:49 left in the first period on his own rebound after Dell stopped his redirection from the front of the net.

Pavelski tied it 1-1 at 11:20 of the second period after Joe Thornton's pass from behind the net bounced off Panthers center Aleksander Barkov's skate and to the front of the net. Pavelski maneuvered his body out of the way before sliding the puck past Luongo.

The goal was upheld after Florida coach Bob Boughner challenged for goalie interference by Pavelski.

"Definitely a turning point in the game and also we hit the post on the power play in the second period," Boughner said. "That goes in, it's 2-0, it's different. Fine line. We didn't respond very well after they got that goal. We sat back and watched and stood around too much. Had a good third but couldn't have that goal we needed."

Dell, making his second consecutive start even though No. 1 goalie Martin Jones returned after a one-game absence because of an undisclosed injury, made 18 saves in the third period.

"The guys played really well," Dell said. "There were some huge shot blocks when we were [5-on-6] to preserve the win. They had a lot of shots, but we didn't give them a whole lot of chances on those shots."

Video: SJS@FLA: Sceviour bats home rebound to open scoring

 

Goal of the game

Tierney's game-winner at 7:13 of the third period.

Video: SJS@FLA: Tierney lights the lamp from tough angle

 

Save of the game

Dell stopping Henrik Haapala at 6:04 of the second period.

Video: SJS@FLA: Dell makes consecutive superb saves

 

Highlight of the game

Pavelski's 300th NHL goal at 11:20 of the second period.

Video: SJS@FLA: Pavelski nets loose puck for 300th NHL goal

 

They said it

"Proud of that number. Lot of hard work. But we've seen so many great milestones in the last year or two. It's a good number, but there's so much more hockey out there and we'll keep trying to score some goals." -- Sharks forward Joe Pavelski on his 300th NHL goal

 

"They play a quick game, and when teams are coming downhill at you a lot, putting pressure on you, it's tough to break out. We were sitting back a little too much and not ending cycles and causing longer shifts than were needed." -- Panthers forward Colton Sceviour

 

Need to know

Pavelski is the third active U.S.-born player to reach the 300-goal milestone in the NHL, joining Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild (318) and Phil Kessel of the Pittsburgh Penguins (307). … Sharks forward Joonas Donskoi missed the game because of a lower-body injury. … Panthers forward Radim Vrbata returned to the lineup after missing five games because of a facial injury. … Florida defenseman Keith Yandle had a game-high 26:20 of ice time. … Florida did not have to kill a power play for the second time this season (Nov. 18, 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings).

 

What's next

Sharks: At the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-F, NHL.TV)

 

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