On Friday, December 1, Captain Joe Pavelski scored his 300th career goal.
The game-tying goal from Pavelski came midway through the second period as the Sharks looked to bounce back from being down to the Panthers after the first 20 minutes. Joe Thornton passed the puck from behind the net which bounced off Panthers Aleksander Barkov's skate to the front of the net. Pavelski, positioned at the side of the net, swept home the loose puck past goaltender Luongo for the goal.
Video: SJS@FLA: Pavelski nets loose puck for 300th NHL goal
Like many recent Sharks scoring situations, of course, the goal was challenged. Panthers Head Coach and former Sharks Assistant Coach, Bob Boughner, challenged the play for goaltender interference. After review, the call on the ice stood as a good goal, granting Pavelski the milestone notch.
It couldn't have been better timing for the Captain to score his 300th goal. Pavelski was on an 11-game scoring drought and hadn't registered a goal since November 1 against the Predators.
Pavleski noted after the game that he is "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."
But Pavelski shouldn't be so humble. He is only the 199th NHL player, 18th U.S. born player and 3rd active U.S. born player to score 300+ career goals. He is also the 4th player drafted 205th or lower to reach the milestone.