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Sharks win thanks to the two Joes: Thornton and Pavelski

May 2, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

joepaid.jpgJoe Thornton must continue to put up numbers to kill all the choking jokes, but Sharks fans must feel good about his first two games against Detroit. In Game 1, Thornton supplied a sweet assist. In tonight’s game, Jumbo Joe scored the game winner off of a Dany Heatley rebound. It was a rare moment of sublime luck for the Sharks, as the 3-on-1 happened because Nicklas Lidstrom broke his stick and therefore turned over the puck.

San Jose Sharks 4, Detroit Red Wings 3 (recap)

Sharks lead series 2-0

If you told a hockey fan that some right-hander with a number 8 on his jersey would evoke Mario Lemieux’s name during the playoffs, that person would have logically named Alex Ovechkin. Instead, that player is Joe Pavelski. The American forward is the first player to produce three consecutive multi-goal playoff games since Super Mario did it in 1992. Last week, I shared my disapproval of the nickname “Joe Pa” because it’s obviously meant for the legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. Now I think we’ll have a better nickname: Joe Paid. After all, his amazing playoff performance is coming up right in time for restricted free agency.

As much as the Detroit Red Wings stuck with the Sharks, they’re down 2-0 going back to Joe Louis Arena. You really cannot blame the deficit on Jimmy Howard, who made some big saves to keep Detroit in tonight’s game. His glove save on Pavelski was particularly splendid, keeping Joe Paid from netting a hat trick.

One area the Red Wings need to work on is avoiding penalties. The Sharks had 10 opportunities overall and scored twice, including Pavelski’s game-tying goal. Perhaps the Red Wings’ last minute gaffe was symbolic, as the team took a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty while trying to get Howard off the ice.

This series has been great so far and skeptics will quickly point out the fact that the Sharks have squandered 2-0 leads before. After all, a home team hasn’t lost yet, so this battle is far from over. For hockey fans, that might be a good thing, as these two squads are playing some amazing hockey.

  1. haywood jablome - May 2, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    I’m stuck in purgatory. Visiting relatives out in the country, satellite doesn’t pick up Vs. Not seeing the playoffs, just analyzing the box scores, can anyone comment on the great disparity of the power play numbers in the sharks v. wings series? Neither team is Anaheim dirty but the numbers are way skewed. any comments?

  2. James O'Brien - May 2, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    There’s been plenty of hand-wringing regarding some of the penalties in this game. Todd Bertuzzi, in particular, was victimized by what many thought were marginal calls.
    Still, there were times that the Red Wings were stuck running around in their own zone, so it’s a little bit conspiracy juice and a little bit painful reality for Detroit.

  3. CTGray - May 3, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    He is and always will be JOE PA. Abide.

  4. PolegoJim - May 3, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Adjustments, Adjustments, Adjustments.
    They won’t like the next Joe though. Game 7 against the Coyotes will become a game 3 Shark reality at THE Joe. No one skates with the Wings at that level.
    The other two Joe’s will land squarely back on earth.

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