In honor of the Fourth of July, Fear the Fin is all Joe Pavelski all the time. Let’s start by celebrating the Sharks’ great American goal scorer by, well, looking at his goals.
Pavelski scored 38 goals last year and has bagged 266 goals in 755 NHL regular season games. Tack on 40 goals in 109 playoff games and you’ve got 375 goals since his first NHL game back in the 2006-07 season.
Some of those goals have been bigger and better than others and today I’m going to take a look at five of the best goals Captain America has ever scored. Given his impressive scoring track record, I’m sure to have missed something here. Help me out by posting your favorite Joe Pavelski goal in the comments — I’ll add them in based on the recs doled out.
5. Spin-o-rama against the Predators in 2010
Sure, this came in a (relatively) meaningless regular season game, but my goodness you have to give him some style points here. Somehow he takes what’s essentially a finesse play and combines it with his trademark hard work to score a fabulous goal.
4. Tip your servers
This list wouldn’t be complete without a Pavelskian tip. With the Sharks looking down the barrel of the most important 20 minutes in franchise history (at the time, okay?) Pavelski soothed some nerves (briefly) with this beauty of a tip.
3. Pavelski wins it in overtime
Both times the Sharks have beaten the Kings in the playoffs it’s been in five games, but that doesn’t speak to just how tight both series really were. San Jose beat the Kings in overtime in game one of their 2011 playoff meeting and Pavelski did the honors. An underrated part of this play? Dan Rusanowsky yelling at the end of the video.
2. Just another overtime playoff winner
This was the start of a very special playoff run for Joe Pavelski. Douglas Murray absolutely barrels his way through the Avalanche and Pavelski takes advantage. What I love about this play is that Pavelski fans on his first shot and keeps his composure to pick the puck right back up and shoot again.
1. Joe Pavelski sends the Sharks to overtime in 2010
I’ll cop to a little personal bias on this one. I started watching the Sharks regularly in the 2009-10 season (when I could finally afford NHL Gamecenter) and this goal (and the Setoguchi one that came after it) was one of the first that really lit me up. Setoguchi gets the winner, but we wouldn’t have even gotten to overtime without Pavelski.
What did I miss? Hit me with your favorite.