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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Joe Pavelski
It should come as no shock that the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks are preparing for a Game 7 of their first-round series considering how tightly contested this fierce California rivalry has been over the last few years.
The only similarity in the rematch of a tightly played seven-game series between Los Angeles and San Jose is that the home team keeps winning.
The San Jose Sharks had been trying to get Joe Pavelski to 40 goals for three games, looking for him at every chance, sending extra passes his way.
Captain Joe Thornton set the tone by dishing out hits almost every chance he got. The rest of his San Jose teammates followed his lead as the Sharks wanted to send a message to the Los Angeles Kings in case these California rivals meet again with much more on the line in a few weeks.
The San Jose Sharks were sluggish in the first period while playing on back-to-back nights.
The talk in the San Jose locker room was about the save at the end of regulation that got them one point. Backup goalie Alex Stalock followed that by improving to 3-0 in shootouts in his career and not allowing a goal in 10 attempts to help get the other point.
After enjoying the chance to watch Toronto beat Anaheim, the San Jose Sharks took advantage of a tired Maple Leafs team to move closer to the Ducks in the standings.
Two days after being a healthy scratch against Buffalo, Matt Nieto had the perfect response for San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan.
The San Jose Sharks made a simple change to rally for a comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. They started shooting the puck.
Joe Pavelski is skating under the radar for the U.S. hockey team.
After struggling to score any goals for four games, the San Jose Sharks had plenty of moves left for a shootout.
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau found the perfect way to celebrate their new contract extensions.
Justin Braun's soft shot made it on net and the rebound floated in the air long enough for Joe Pavelski to bat it in for yet another goal.
Even on a night when the play was hampered by choppy ice, the puck still seems to find Joe Pavelski and he keeps finding the net.
Martin St. Louis tied a Tampa Bay scoring record, it just wasn't enough to lift the Lightning to a win.
"We understand what's at stake," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said.
"It was nice it comes right away in the game," Pavelski said of goal No. 40. "I could feel everyone try to pass to me, so it's cool, but the win obviously is nice going into the playoffs. Guys feel good about themselves."