Sharks' Pavelski scores in return from injury

Sharks' Pavelski scores in return from injury

The 49ers offensive line took time Wednesday night to participate in a portion of the San Jose Sharks' Game 7 festivities. The entire starting offensive line opened the locker room doors for the Sharks players before the game as they headed out onto the ice.

Jones won his only start this season against St. Louis, a 3-2 overtime victory March 9 at home; he's 5-4-0 in nine regular-season games against them and was 4-2 in the 2016 conference final.

Four minutes later, Joonas Donskoi put the Sharks up 3-1, setting up a tense third in which the Avalanche made things interesting thanks to a Tyson Jost goal 51 seconds in. San Jose is no prize since they are 6-11 after a road game where both teams scored three or more goals. The Sharks' captain was back in the lineup for the first time since Game Seven against the Vegas Golden Knights when he incurred a scary head injury. But you know what? I haven't been in that position at all, to have to make that call in a Game 7.

Both teams feature all kinds of key players who were involved in the last playoff meeting three years ago: Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Joe Thornton, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic for the Sharks; Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo for the Blues.

The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs are down to the final four teams and the San Jose Sharks are one of those four teams.


This one could come back to bite the National Hockey League. The St. Louis Blues have allowed three or less goals in eight of their last 10 games. "If you do that, I think with the group that we have and the talent that we have in here, the end result is going to go our way". The Colorado Avalanche are no stranger to must-win games, and should feel very confident going into Game 7.

Although he was stopped, his top line struck with 6.8 seconds left in the frame when Mikko Rantanen redirected a Samuel Girard point shot past Jones.

The Avalanche appeared to tie the game midway through the second when MacKinnon set up Colin Wilson, but DeBoer challenged the play for offside.

Landeskog was called for offsides when he was behind the play, and out of it, as he was heading to the bench. "'Get off the ice.' If I could have done something different on that play, I would have jumped the boards a lot quicker", he said (via ESPN.com).

The Sharks then restored the two-goal lead later in the period when Donskoi skated around the net and beat Grubauer high to the short side for his first goal since January 10. Throw in the oft-recorded tale of how the Blues were last in the league on January 3, and there's no doubt adversity doesn't impact this club. Considering the Sharks finished two points ahead of the Blues in the standings, it stands to reason fans should expect another long series featuring a pair of clubs with plenty of experience.

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