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Tuesday Tire Pump: Joe Pavelski

Nov 8, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

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Every Tuesday at PHT, we’ll pump a player’s tire. Because every player likes it when nice things are said about them.

This week’s tire pumpee: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

Clearly we had to pick Pavelski after what he said to the media recently: “You guys already are trying to pump me up too much.”

Hey, that’s what happens when you rack up 17 points in your first 13 games. It’s not the media’s fault they’re pumping your tires. It’s YOUR fault, Joe Pavelski. Stop being so…good.

Formerly San Jose’s third-line center, the 27-year-old has been a scoring machine playing the wing on the Sharks’ top line with Joe Thornton in the middle and either Logan Couture or Patrick Marleau on the other side.

“Pavs is just really good around the net,” Thornton told the Mercury News last week. “He has nice hands with a great shot. He goes to dirty areas and works hard. When you put all those things together, you’re going to score a lot of goals.”

Pavelski was one of the main players the Sharks were counting on to step up offensively after Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi were traded away over the summer.

So far, so good. Only Phil Kessel (10 goals) and Steven Stamkos (10) have more goals than Pavelski (9) this season.

Of those nine goals, none were bigger than this late one against the Devils on Oct. 21:

The Sharks ended up winning the game in a shootout, snapping a three-game losing streak, then went on to win four more in a row.

Joe Pavelski, everyone.

  1. rca26 - Nov 9, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    I like Pavelski quite a bit (as a fellow sconnie) but Stamkos has more goals than he does as well.

    • Jason Brough - Nov 9, 2011 at 11:21 AM


  2. danphipps01 - Nov 9, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    And to think he usually adds yet another gear in the playoffs for his crazy clutch performances. God, I love this guy.

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