Pavelski had the fourth and last goal for his side Wednesday, finishing off a 4-0 win over Vegas in Game 4. That's just Pavelski's second goal of the postseason, snapping a four-game drought that went back to Game 3 against Anaheim. The Sharks are at their best when Pavelski is producing, and if he's got his game back where it needs to be, your fantasy squad should also see some real benefits.
Pavelski went minus-2 and picked up a pair of minor penalties Thursday, as the Sharks were crushed by the Golden Knights 7-0 in Game 1. The captain was whistled for interference and slashing during the third period. With tensions running high for Team Teal in the rout, a slew of penalties naturally followed, and Pavelski's slashing penalty actually was a precursor to teammate Evander Kane getting ejected for cross-checking Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the face. Suffice it to say, Pavs and Co. will need to be much more disciplined in Game 2 on Saturday.
Pavelski registered two power-play points (one goal, one assist) as the Sharks crushed the Ducks 8-1 at home Monday. This was the captain's second two-point outing of these conference quarterfinals. Pavelski looks determined to help the Sharks to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship, with his postseason efforts helping San Jose tie Boston for the scoring lead among playoff teams at 4.67 goals per game through three games. Anaheim's lack of discipline has led to a playoff-high 17 man-advantage opportunities for the Sharks, which is a trend to watch as Pavelski certainly knows how to do damage on the top unit.
Pavelski notched two assists, including one on the power play, in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Ducks in Game 1 of this series. This gives Pavelski a five-game point streak, and he has 15 points in his last 15 games. Both of his assists came on Evander Kane goals, which is worth noting. The addition of the goal-scoring winger to Pavelski's line certainly adds to his fantasy potential.
Pavelski's goal Saturday against the Wild gives him at least one point in the final four games of the season. Pavelski also added five shots on goal, and for the fifth straight season scored more than 20 goals and 60 points. It is also the sixth time in seven seasons Pavelski has not missed a game, establishing himself as one of the most durable players in the league. However, this is also the fourth straight season Pavelski's goal totals have declined, and at 33 years old, age is starting to be an issue. Pavelski's 9.6 shooting percentage is his lowest rate in eight seasons.
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