Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/20/13
Joe Pavelski is not your typical third line NHL center. After a two-goal two-assist effort in Saturday’s 6-3 win over Calgary the 29-year-old finds himself second in the league in scoring with 12 points behind only the prodigious Sidney Crosby. Pavelski battled in the corner and set up Brent Burns just 59 seconds into the game to stake the Sharks an early lead helped his team to a three-goal cushion with a power play goal and slick assist in the second period and tipped in an important insurance marker midway through the third. And although he was on the ice for the Flames’ shorthanded goal early in the third that helped get them back in the game Pavelski continued to be a key contributor on the penalty kill. He finished with three minutes and 35 seconds of shorthanded ice time the most among forwards and had a breakaway in the second period that he didn’t convert on but drew a hooking penalty to even things up. It was just another day at the office for the Wisconsin native a sure Olympian in February and who signed a five-year $30 million contract extension in the offseason. “We use that term greasy-type player and what that means is he battles” head coach Todd McLellan said. “The three or four feet around him is always a battle. It’s never a soft issue at all. He competes in that area and gets to his next job. Just a competitive guy that has real good hockey sense.” Pavelski’s performance overshadowed teammate Patrick Marleau’s two-point night as Marleau continues to be the only player with at least a point in every game and is now tied with four others for the league lead in goals (7). Pavelski and Marleau teamed up for two power play goals in the second with each earning the primary assist on the other’s marker.
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