San Jose has been going through their shares of ups and downs but now they are looking for a superhero to keep their playoff dreams alive as the season end nears.
In a huge 3-0 victory over the Dallas Stars San Jose now has a slightly bigger edge over one of the three other teams in the Pacific division fighting for the only available playoff spots in the Western Conference.
The man who shined under the spotlight at the end of the night was Shark right-winger Joe Pavelski.
He scored two out of the three goals for the Sharks and was the only player to score during even-strength play.
Pavelski’s goals gave San Jose their second largest margin of victory and only the second time San Jose won a game by more than one point in the month of March.
The other game was March 26th in a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Pavelski also came up big in this game scoring two goals against the Avalanche who are also fighting for a lower seed spot in the playoff race.
Four goals in two games against two strong playoff contending teams is exactly what San Jose is going to desperately need in their last game of the regular season against the Dallas Stars. He has four goals and one assist this season against the boys in Texas.
San Jose is 4-0-1 against the Dallas Stars this season and with only three games left a win would heavily increase their odds of wrapping up a playoff spot before the season’s end.
The Sharks are currently eighth place in the Western Conference standings one point ahead of the Dallas and one point behind the Phoenix Coyotes.
Pavelski is fourth on the team with 58 points but his 31 goals are currently higher than anyone else in San Jose. He has already well surpassed his career-high in goals and is only eight points away from tying his career-high 66 that he reached last season.
As the highest–scoring player on the team and somebody who has proven to be impactful in big game situations Pavelski looks like the man who will save the fans from watching the Sharks drown in the regular season.