Joe Pavelski is keeping some heady company these days.
His attention-getting 18 goals in the past 20 games has vaulted him into the NHL's upper echelon as only one player -- Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin -- has more goals than the 27 that Pavelski has notched.
The Sharks forward already was on a mini-roll with four goals in four games when Sharks coach Todd McLellan began juggling his top two lines after Tomas Hertl's knee injury Dec. 19. One of those moves elevated Pavelski alongside Joe Thornton and Brent Burns, a top line that has remained intact the past 15 games.
The fact that Thornton is the NHL assists leader with 47 helps account for Pavelski's tear, which includes six goals in his past three games and his first career hat trick. But he is quick to include both linemates in explaining his recent success as a "combination of a whole lot of things."
"They're such high-end players," Pavelski said of his current linemates. "I feel like I'm always open, rig...