In golf, players are known for reporting themselves on possible scoring errors. It’s a game of integrity and maybe that’s why Pavelski plays so much and is so good at golf. When it comes to reporting errors, he did exactly that Saturday night.
When Pavelski scored late in the second period, the hats began flying on the ice for what was announced as Pavelski’s first career NHL hat trick.
However, initially during the second intermission, and then during the post game, Pavelski argued that a goal originally awarded to Patrick Marleau
should have stayed that way. The former Wisconsin Badger finally prevailed and had to settle for a two-goal night.
“I didn’t (score it), they’re saying it hit the stick,” Pavelski said. “I keep trying to give it up and it keeps coming back.”
The biggest news of the night was the concern for Logan Couture
as he went into the boards in an odd fashion and needed to be assisted from the ice.
“You could see he was in pain,” Pavelski said. “He’s been great and it’s speaks for itself what he’s done this year. We hope it’s nothing serious and he doesn’t even miss a day.”
“You never want to see anyone get injured on the team, hopefully he’s o.k.,” Mitchell added. Dan Boyle
was in a similar situation the last game and hopes Couture is fine just like he was.
“I didn’t’ see the play,” Boyle said. “I’m hoping it’s similar to mine. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”
San Jose played without their head coach Todd McLellan was attending a family funeral.
“Two points are big with coach gone,” Pavelski said. “He set the foundation for us and the coaches stepped in and did a great job. We were ready to play.”
“Everything was close to the same,” Marleau said. “We always referred to what Todd said to us before he left.”
The club actually got off to one of their better starts of the year.
“It seemed like we hadn’t been off to a three to nothing lead all year,” Mitchell stated. “It was good to get off to a good start tonight.”
“We broke out clean and didn’t spend much time in our end,” Marleau said.
San Jose was nearly perfect on special teams tonight. They were two-for-two on the power play and won all three faceoffs taken with the man-advantage. They only took two shots, but both were goals.
On the other side, San Jose was two-for-two on the penalty kill and won all four faceoffs taken. The Sharks did allow one shot on the penalty kill, but Pavelski’s shorthanded shot more than cancelled that out.
With two goals and an assist, Joe Pavelski
has 11 points (3-8=12) in the last four games.
With three assists, Joe Thornton
moved past Jarome Iginla into 77th place on the all-time NHL points leaders list (304-689=993). Thornton is in 54th place on the all time assist list with 689.
The Sharks have now scored a power play goal in a season-high seven consecutive games.
SHARKS ASSISTANT COACH TRENT YAWNEY
“Points at this time of year are always important and I thought our guys came to play, like they always do and jumped on them early.”
“Logan’s situation is lower body and day-to-day.”
“I think they have been doing everything that Todd (McLellan) has been preaching over the course of, probably the last month, and I thought we shot the puck early. I thought we broke them down by shooting the puck.”
“We want (shots from the point) because it creates second and third opportunities, but I thought that having that shot mentality is something that going forward we’re going to need.”
BLUES HEAD COACH DAVIS PAYNE
“We didn’t have the right amount of detail in our positional play earlier, against a team that can possess the puck in your own zone like San Jose can, we got on the wrong side of people and gave up the first goal on D-zone coverage.”
“Back-to-back power play goals really kind of put us in a tough spot, there were times we pushed in the first period. I thought Niemi made some real good saves that could have gotten us back into that game earlier.”
“[On the Sharks] Right now as a top four team, they have made a huge charge to get in to that spot and obviously in this conference if you’re sitting in the top four you are a pretty good team.”
The Sharks will host Calgary Wednesday in a 7 p.m. start and tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The contest will be on CSN California, 98.5/102.1 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.